Mongrel Web Server 0.3.12 -- Finally Out

Discussion in 'Ruby' started by Zed Shaw, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. Zed Shaw

    Zed Shaw Guest

    Hello Folks,

    This is the long awaited (like 2 weeks) 0.3.12 release of Mongrel. This
    release has received heavier testing than previous releases and supports a
    whole raft of improvements to existing functionality plus some new stuff.

    For those not clued in, Mongrel is a web server written in (mostly) Ruby.
    Check the funny dogs and read the docs about it at
    http://mongrel.rubyforge.org/. The goal is to create a Ruby HTTP server to
    compete with Apache Tomcat or other Java application servers. The other
    goal is to have the speed of FastCGI with the ease of WEBrick.


    WHAT'S NEW

    The big points of this release are:

    * The Mongrel::Configurator and Mongrel::Rails::Configurator for simple
    configuration (mostly for framework implementers to use).
    * Dynamically loadable handlers from the GemPlugins system. Next release
    will let you write and add your own handlers.
    * Chained handlers. That's right, you can stack a series of handlers on any
    URIs and they'll be processed in order. This gives you an advanced and fast
    pipe-lined processing system and is already used to implement the extensive
    debugging support Mongrel has.
    * Debugging, Debugging, Debugging. Try the -B option and then look in the
    log/mongrel_debug logs. I'll be beefing this up to insane usefulness for
    the 0.3.13 release.
    * Support for sendfile on FreeBSD, Linux, and Solaris if you install the
    ruby-sendfile (http://rubyforge.org/projects/ruby-sendfile) gem. This is
    experimental but already gives a 20% boost on static files.
    * Additional proper headers for static files from the DirHandler in order to
    allow browsers to cache the content. People using Mongrel for development
    or small sites will love this combined with the sendfile support.
    * Lots and lots of little tweaks to improve speed and stability. Mongrel is
    starting to hit a wall again with performance so I'll be looking for new
    hot-spots to move to C in the near future.
    * Initial support for Rails 1.1. Remember *if you use Typo it is broken not
    Mongrel*. Typo is being frantically fixed so be patient.
    * Fix for a bad typo on Win32 that prevented people from using additional
    mime types files (stupid Emacs and it's damn capitalize command being
    exactly the same as Copy in every other editor).
    * Ability to specify a timeout throttling setting and a max number of
    concurrent connections with additional attempts at cleaning dead threads
    out. Future debugging will help people spot these.
    * Lots of new Camping support and integration (thanks to Trotter Cashion for
    using Mongrel with Camping like crazy).
    * A handy -C option for the mongrel_rails script that lets you specify the
    options you'd normally do on the command line as a YAML hash. More on this
    later.

    INSTALL

    Everyone can go download 0.3.12 from http://rubyforge.org/frs/?group_id=1306
    like normal or do the usual "gem install mongrel" or "gem update" to get the
    latest and greatest.

    -- If you followed pre-release please uninstall first.


    NEXT STOP...

    The next steps with Mongrel will be to add the capability for users of
    Mongrel to write their own Configurator scripts and to test the living
    daylights out of it. If you missed my last announcement, Mongrel is getting
    *commercial sponsorship* from EastMedia (http://www.eastmedia.com/) in
    partnership with VeriSign (http://www.verisign.com/) for use in a
    potentially large scale project. My role in this is to make sure Mongrel
    can handle the required role and will not ever crash. I'll be spending the
    next few weeks putting out less features and doing more stability and speed
    tweaks. Stay tuned. Should be fun.


    Enjoy and report those bugs!


    Zed A. Shaw
    http://mongrel.rubyforge.org/
     
    Zed Shaw, Mar 30, 2006
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