Tuesday, August 21, 2007

BarCamp 2007

Last weekend I attended BarCamp and it was fun to mix with my own kind.. i.e developers in the web2.0 space.

Some highlights for me was the session on DataGrids which was about using a large number of servers to solve problems (open source version of google) and Microformats, which was about trying to create a more semantic web.

There were a few people trying to pimp their companies which was a little annoying.. but what can you do?

There are pictures in Wired as well as flickr. Here I am..

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Amazons EC2 and S3

I'm looking into using EC2 and S3 for my side projects and for the price they seem like good value.

The setup I'm thinking is a RoR server talking to MySQL. I am concerned about the lack of persistence for EC2.

What happens is your disk gets wiped if your EC2 instance ever crashes. There doesn't seem to be an easy solution for this. There's lots of articles about replicating the database between two instances and taking regular backups and dumping them on S3, but in trying to keep up with my philosophy of KISS.. this is a pain.

I found this article if your interested about it. Heres the main amazon site.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

MacOSX applications for web development

If you're just starting out web development on the Mac, heres a link with the top applications that you might want to consider.