Posted on 02.22.11 by Brad |

From 0 to 1 Million in 6 Hours

Having an office less than a block away from a protest that’s making international headlines gave us a unique opportunity: use our technology prowess to experience live events in a new way. So what did we do? We wrote a site using Rails, WebSockets, Heroku, MongoDB, and the Twitter Streaming API. In 6 hours.

The Pieces

We’re using heroku to host the site, although (with a few changes) it could be hosted as a static site on S3. The nice thing about heroku is the dead-simple deployment:

$ git push heroku

The next step was determining the persistence engine. We chose MongoDB …continue reading