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The Complete Guide to Building Highly Scalable, Services-Based Rails Applications


Ruby on Rails deployments are growing, and Rails is increasingly being adopted in larger environments. Today, Rails developers and architects need better ways to interface with legacy systems, move into the cloud, and scale to handle higher volumes and greater complexity. In Service-Oriented Design with Ruby and Rails Paul Dix introduces a powerful, services-based design approach geared toward overcoming all these challenges. Using Dix’s techniques, readers can leverage the full benefits of both Ruby and Rails, while overcoming the difficulties of working with larger codebases and teams.


Dix demonstrates how to integrate multiple components within an enterprise application stack; create services that can easily grow and connect; and design systems that are easier to maintain and upgrade. Key concepts are explained with detailed Ruby code built using open source libraries such as ActiveRecord, Sinatra, Nokogiri, and Typhoeus. The book concludes with coverage of security, scaling, messaging, and interfacing with third-party services.

Service-Oriented Design with Ruby and Rails will help you

  • Build highly scalable, Ruby-based service architectures that operate smoothly in the cloud or with legacy systems
  • Scale Rails systems to handle more requests, larger development teams, and more complex code bases
  • Master new best practices for designing and creating services in Ruby
  • Use Ruby to glue together services written in any language
  • Use Ruby libraries to build and consume RESTful Web services
  • Use Ruby JSON parsers to quickly represent resources from HTTP services
  • Write lightweight, well-designed API wrappers around internal or external services
  • Discover powerful non-Rails frameworks that simplify Ruby service implementation
  • Implement standards-based enterprise messaging with Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP)
  • Optimize performance with load balancing and caching
  • Provide for security and authentication

About the Author

Paul Dix is author of open source libraries to simplify XML parsing (SAXMachine), feed parsing (Feedzirra), and high performance parallel HTTP processing (HTTPMachine), He writes on these and related topics on his blog at pauldix.net. Dix currently works as senior developer at kgb, where he implements these techniques to create a live search and aggregation system that handles millions of resources. He spoke on Collective Intelligence at Scotland on Rails 2008 and Goruco 2008; and on Document Classification at Goruco 2007.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Implementing and Consuming Your First Service

Chapter 2: An Introduction to Service-Oriented Design

Chapter 3: Case Study: Social Feed Reader

Chapter 4: Service and API Design

Chapter 5: Implementing Services

Chapter 6: Connecting to Services

Chapter 7: Developing Service Client Libraries

Chapter 8: Load Balancing and Caching

Chapter 9: Parsing XML for Legacy Services

Chapter 10: Security

Chapter 11: Messaging

Chapter 12: Web Hooks and External Services




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Dix, Paul
Addison-Wesley Professional
Programming Languages - General
Web sites -- Design.
Service-oriented ar
Software Engineering - Programming and Languages
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series
Publication Date:
August 2010
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
9.00x6.90x.70 in. 1.10 lbs.

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