Just in case you wanted to know what the Austin on Rails group looks like in an IPhone panorama shot: 70 people listened as Matt Swain talked about Amazon's cloud solution and how to use Elastic Beanstalk, the Amazon tool for configuring virtual servers. (It took me way too long to get the Jack and The Beanstalk/Cloud connection).
Mike Myers from HomeAway gave a good overview of using a JRuby/Rails front end with a Java backend.
I talked with Jeff Hennigan, the main recruiter at KForce, before the meeting and he said a few interesting things:
The Ruby job market is hot. Java and .Net are still good.
This new generation of Ruby programmers is different than the Java/.Net crowd. Some of the startups use social media to communicate and don't even have a phone number.
My random jumble of notes:
AWS comes with Route53 for DNS and Cloudfront for CDN.
"eb" is a
Command Line Interpreter for Elastic Beanstalk; so you can do "eb init", "eb stop". It just abstracts our the
JSON file that really defines an AWS service.
Amazon offers a free virtual server for those wanting to try out the system. 750 hours per month free.
Amazon tunes the kernal in their own version of linux for different sized machines.
JRuby gives real Native Threads, while Ruby only has green threads.