Capistrano

I'm having trouble finding the benefit of using capistrano. I'm only
using rails for a very small blog. Sometime in the next year I do
expect to start using rails at work. What are the benefits of using
capistrano for small apps like my blog?

Charlie Bowman
http://www.recentrambles.com

The benefits are:

* Consistent deployment. Your deployment process works the same time after time, even when you start adding more resources to host it.

* Standard practices. Your application is deployed using some codified "best practices".

Now, that doesn't mean it is for everyone, but it works great for lots of people. For a small, single-box application, the benefits aren't as obvious, though. We didn't start feeling the need for Capistrano until Basecamp began growing beyond it's single host server.

- Jamis

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On Mar 6, 2006, at 2:51 PM, Charlie Bowman wrote:

I'm having trouble finding the benefit of using capistrano. I'm only
using rails for a very small blog. Sometime in the next year I do
expect to start using rails at work. What are the benefits of using
capistrano for small apps like my blog?

Thanks, I think I'll implement it now so that I'll be prepared when I
"really" need it.

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On Tue, 2006-03-07 at 06:56 +0900, Jamis Buck wrote:

On Mar 6, 2006, at 2:51 PM, Charlie Bowman wrote:

> I'm having trouble finding the benefit of using capistrano. I'm only
> using rails for a very small blog. Sometime in the next year I do
> expect to start using rails at work. What are the benefits of using
> capistrano for small apps like my blog?

The benefits are:

* Consistent deployment. Your deployment process works the same time
after time, even when you start adding more resources to host it.

* Standard practices. Your application is deployed using some
codified "best practices".

Now, that doesn't mean it is for everyone, but it works great for
lots of people. For a small, single-box application, the benefits
aren't as obvious, though. We didn't start feeling the need for
Capistrano until Basecamp began growing beyond it's single host server.

- Jamis

Charlie Bowman
http://www.recentrambles.com

Forgive my ignorance, but what is capistrano? URL, please (Google just
shows me a city somewhere in California...)

Capistrano is a utility for executing tasks in parallel on multiple remote machines. The manual is located here:

http://manuals.rubyonrails.org/read/book/17

Hope that helps,

- Jamis

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On Mar 6, 2006, at 4:23 PM, listrecv@gmail.com wrote:

Forgive my ignorance, but what is capistrano? URL, please (Google just
shows me a city somewhere in California...)

listrecv@gmail.com wrote:

Forgive my ignorance, but what is capistrano? URL, please (Google just
shows me a city somewhere in California...)

Makes me think of a flock of swallows flying in formation around a
tower.... intentional, right?

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      vjoel : Joel VanderWerf : path berkeley edu : 510 665 3407

Joel VanderWerf wrote:

Makes me think of a flock of swallows flying in formation around a
tower....

And eventually landing on the tower and relieving
themselves just before taking flight again...

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Bil
http://fun3d.larc.nasa.gov

There are still plenty of references to "SwitchTower" on that page, so
just to clarify:

SwitchTower is the same as Capistrano. Jamis changed the name due to a
trademark clash with another software product.

Jim