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12 items tagged “ryantomayko”

Zero-downtime Redis upgrade discussion. GitHub have a short window of scheduled downtime in order to upgrade their Redis server. I asked in their comments if they’d considered trying to run the upgrade with no downtime at all using Redis replication, and Ryan Tomayko has posted some interesting replies. # 28th May 2010, 2:50 pm

Ryan Tomayko on Github’s development process. In the comments—a fascinating insight in to how GitHub’s “developers work on whatever is most interesting to them” process manages to achieve really good results. # 22nd February 2010, 9:18 am

Python is Unix. Jacob ports Ryan Tomayko’s simple prefork network server to Python. # 7th October 2009, 11:43 am

I like Unicorn because it’s Unix. Ryan Tomayko analyses Unicorn, a new, pre-forking Ruby HTTP server that makes extensive use of Unix syscalls and idioms, and asks why dynamic language programmers don’t take advantage of these more often. # 7th October 2009, 11:42 am

Minimal. James Bennett follows Ryan Tomayko’s example and experiments with the minimalist school of blog design. # 15th June 2008, 11:40 am

Administrative Debris. Ryan Tomayko explains his exceptionally clean redesign, inspired by Edward Tufte’s critique of the iPhone. # 21st March 2008, 3:29 am

PrinceXML is extremely impressive. I had a poke at Prince (a commercial package for generating high quality PDFs from HTML, XML, CSS and SVG) a few weeks ago and was similarly impressed. # 8th February 2008, 12:02 pm

Full Page Zoom Is For Sissies. Ryan points out that sizing everything in ems, while neat, imposes a pretty hefty maintenance cost and is rapidly becoming unnecessary thanks to the page zoom feature in IE 7, Opera and Firefox 3.0. # 19th January 2008, 7:36 am

I’ve never heard anyone from the REST camp claim that building distributed systems was “easy”. [...] The WS-* folks have historically been obsessed with making things easy, usually for an imaginary business analyst who is nowhere near as technically adept as they. The REST folks, on the other hand, seem much more interested in keeping the entire stack simple, and for everyone involved.

Ryan Tomayko # 13th January 2008, 11:34 pm

The promise [of J2EE] was that of infinite scalability based on tooling, which assumes that designing scalable systems is a general case problem. I now firmly believe that this is flawed reasoning. Frameworks don’t solve scalability problems, design solves scalability problems.

Ryan Tomayko # 14th April 2007, 2:35 am

Rails and Scaling with Multiple Databases. Ryan Tomayko explains how his team spreads a high traffic Rails application across five separate PostgreSQL databases by giving each client their own schema—similar to how WordPress MU scales. # 14th April 2007, 2:32 am

The server understood the request, but is refusing to fulfill it because you’re coming from digg.com and the proprieter of this system is frankly terrified by you people.

Ryan Tomayko # 7th January 2007, 10:34 pm