PayScroll Alpha Launch dissected.

Posted on July 11, 2007. Filed under: deployment, hosting, Payscroll, Ruby on Rails |

So we finally managed to push PayScroll out the door last Saturday and the alpha users are now happily searching and “payscrolling” away. As a Rails developer, I hope to share some experience we have so far with the alpha launch. Most startups are secretive with accessing the alpha or beta test sites, but we decided to make certain portions of the site open to the public for preview purposes. To access the core features of PayScroll, you would still need to have an account.

So on the technical part of  the PayScroll Alpha Launch. PayScroll is developed using Ruby on Rails with Mongrel cluster on the backend with Apache. There are several other front end proxies that you can use since we are still relatively young with growing traffic, it serves our needs for now. We are running the production app on Slicehost right now. We like Slicehost because they are just a group of people that are really nice to work with. The Slicehost Rails community is very lively and it’s great for getting resources and help. In addition, we also like how easy it is to get more slices when time comes. They always have slices available for existing users.

We are running Rails edge 1.2.3 and Ruby 1.8.4, so far so good, no major issues but again traffic is not spiked right now and since the core portion of the site is only available to account users with invites.

GEMS and Plugins in used:
Ferret, AAF, Restful Authentication, Will Paginate (really awesome!!), Geokit, Acts_as_Rateable, Acts_as_Taggable, flex_image.


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Congrats guys! As the co-author of GeoKit, its really cool to see our stuff deployed into a cool app. Very nice design!

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