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Cloning Internet Applications with Ruby

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Chang Sau Sheong

Make clones of some of the best applications on the Web using the dynamic and object-oriented features of Ruby
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849511063
Paperback336 pages

About This Book

  • Build your own custom social networking, URL shortening, and photo sharing websites using Ruby
  • Deploy and launch your custom high-end web applications
  • Learn what makes popular social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook tick
  • Understand features of some of the most famous photo sharing and social networking websites
  • A fast-paced tutorial to get you up and running with cloning some of the most impressive applications available on the Web.

Who This Book Is For

This book is written for web application programmers with an intermediate knowledge of Ruby. You should also know how web applications work and you have used at least some of the cloned Internet services before. If you are a trying to find out exactly how can you make your very own customized applications such as TinyURL, Twitter, Flickr, or Facebook, this book is for you. Programmers who want to include features of these Internet services into their own web applications will also find this book interesting.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Cloning Internet Applications
Who would find this book useful
Popular Internet applications
Technologies used
How this book works
Caveat
Summary
Chapter 2: URL Shorteners – Cloning TinyURL
All about URL shorteners
Main features
Designing the clone
Technologies and platforms used
Building the clone
Deploying the clone
Summary
Chapter 3: Microblogs – Cloning Twitter
All about microblogs
Main features
Designing the clone
Technologies and platforms used
Building the clone
Deploying the clone
Summary
Chapter 4: Photo Sharing – Cloning Flickr
All about photo-sharing services
Main features
Designing the clone
Technologies and platforms used
Building the clone
Deploying the clone
Summary
Chapter 5: Social Networking Services – Cloning Facebook 1
All about social networking services
Main features
Designing the clone
Technologies and platforms used
Building the clone
Summary
Chapter 6: Social Networking Services – Cloning Facebook 2
Building the application flow
Deploying the clone
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Discover in depth the major features of TinyURL, Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook and what makes them work
  • Discover how each of these popular Internet services can be modeled with DataMapper
  • Create clones of these Internet services using Rack and Sinatra
  • Use third-party authentication providers with OpenID
  • Deploy the cloned Internet services to the cloud using Heroku
  • Use Amazon S3 to store data for your clones

In Detail

Most users on the Internet have a few favorite Internet web applications that they use often and cannot do without. These popular applications often provide essential services that we need even while we don’t fully understand its features or how they work. Ruby empowers you to develop your own clones of such applications without much ordeal. Learning how these sites work and describing how they can be implemented enables you to move to the next step of customizing them and enabling your own version of these services.

This book shows the reader how to clone some of the Internet's most popular applications in Ruby by first identifying their main features, and then showing example Ruby code to replicate this functionality.

While we understand that it  connects us to our friends and people we want to meet up with, what is the common feature of a social network that makes it a social network? And how do these features work? This book is the answer to all these questions. It will provide a step-by-step explanation on how the application is designed and coded, and then how it is deployed to the Heroku cloud platform. This book’s main purpose is to break up popular Internet services such as TinyURL, Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook to understand what makes it tick. Then using Ruby, the book describes how a minimal set of features for these sites can be modeled, built, and deployed on the Internet.

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