Hi, I'm Rob and I'm a Software Architect on the Light Engineering Group here at Active. LEG, as we call it, was modeled after the LED group at LinkedIn. LinkedIn was looking for a way to rapidly prototype new technologies and architectures with Ruby on Rails. Their first product was Bumper Sticker which at one point was the mostly highly trafficed Facebook application in existence! You can find many of the fruits of LEG's labor at http://labs.active.com
The Technical Stuff
The server itself is an Amazon EC2 instance running in their cloud infrastructure. This allows us to quickly react to any scaling needs by simply spinning up a new instance of the same server and deploying the code to it. Nearly half our division's products are now running on EC2 and we're moving more there every day. We've found it be an fast, secure and cost effective way to get our applications live.
Stay tuned for more exciting projects from the LEG team!
Following up on my post from Friday, below is a video showing what our daily Scrum meetings are like. Scrum meetings are normally 15 minutes, and you'll see we go into a "16th minute" conversation, where where we talk about topics peripheral to the daily Scrum meeting construct: