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August 28, 2008

Typo on GlassFish v3 – Ruby-on-Rails Blogging Engine

Filed under: web2.0 — arungupta @ 5:00 am

Typo is an open-source Blogging Engine written using Ruby-on-Rails framework. It provides a lean engine that makes blogging easy. It’s main attribtues are ease of use, usability, beauty and excellent support of web standards.

I found out about this application from Sang “Passion” Shin‘s Lab 5543 (part of FREE 20-week course on Ruby-on-Rails started on Jul 15, 2008). But instead of using standard WEBrick/Mongrel deployment, I describe the steps to deploy this application using GlassFish v3 that supports native deployment of Rails applications. 

  1. Typo can be installed as Gem or from Sources. Installing as gem gives the following error:

    JRuby limited openssl loaded. gem install jruby-openssl for full support.
    Building native extensions.  This could take a while…
    /Users/arungupta/tools/rails20/jruby-1.1.3/lib/ruby/1.8/mkmf.rb:7: JRuby does not support native extensions. Check for alternatives. (NotImplementedError)
            from /Users/arungupta/tools/rails20/jruby-1.1.3/lib/ruby/1.8/mkmf.rb:1:in `require’
            from extconf.rb:1
    ERROR:  Error installing typo:
            ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.

    /Users/arungupta/tools/rails20/jruby-1.1.3/bin/jruby extconf.rb install typo

    Gem files will remain installed in /Users/arungupta/tools/rails20/jruby-1.1.3/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/mysql-2.7 for inspection.
    Results logged to /Users/arungupta/tools/rails20/jruby-1.1.3/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/mysql-2.7/gem_make.out

    This is discussed here. In the meanwhile, download and unzip Typo 5.1.2 as:

    ~/samples/jruby >unzip ~/Downloads/
    Archive:  /Users/arungupta/Downloads/
       creating: typo-5.1.2/
       creating: typo-5.1.2/app/
       creating: typo-5.1.2/app/apis/
       . . .
      inflating: typo-5.1.2/vendor/uuidtools/lib/uuidtools.rb 
      inflating: typo-5.1.2/vendor/uuidtools/rakefile 
      inflating: typo-5.1.2/vendor/uuidtools/README
  2. Create the database:
    ~/samples/jruby >sudo mysqladmin create typo_dev

    Typo 5.1.x works with Rails 2.0.x only and so migrate as shown below:

    ~/samples/jruby/typo-5.1.2 >~/tools/rails20/jruby-1.1.3/bin/jruby -S rake db:migrate
    (in /Users/arungupta/samples/jruby/typo-5.1.2)
    == 1 InitialSchema: migrating =================================================
    — create_table(:users)
       -> 0.0377s
    — create_table(:articles)
       -> 0.0189s
    — add_index(:articles, :permalink)
       -> 0.0094s
    — create_table(:categories)
       -> 0.0069s

     . . .

    == 69 AddModulesToProfile: migrating ==========================================
    — add_column(:profiles, :modules, :text)
       -> 0.0072s
    == 69 AddModulesToProfile: migrated (0.0454s) =================================

    == 70 AddUsersToNonAdmins: migrating ==========================================
    == 70 AddUsersToNonAdmins: migrated (0.0488s) =================================

    Typo 5.2 (scheduled in 3 days) will work with Rails 2.1.

  3. Download GlassFish (nightly, promoted or build-your-own) and install by unzipping. I tried the nightly of 8/24 as:

    ~/tools/glassfish/v3/8-24 >unzip ~/Downloads/
    Archive:  /Users/arungupta/Downloads/
       creating: glassfish/
       creating: glassfish/docs/
       creating: glassfish/docs/css/
       creating: glassfish/docs/graphics/
    . . .
      inflating: glassfish/lib/templates/login.conf 
      inflating: glassfish/lib/templates/ 
      inflating: glassfish/lib/templates/server.policy
  4. Start GlassFish as:
    ~/tools/glassfish/v3/8-24/glassfish >java -DJRUBY_HOME=/Users/arungupta/tools/rails20/jruby-1.1.3 -jar modules/glassfish-10.0-SNAPSHOT.jar
    Aug 26, 2008 5:56:10 PM com.sun.enterprise.glassfish.bootstrap.ASMain main
    INFO: Launching GlassFish on Apache Felix OSGi platform

    Welcome to Felix.

    Aug 26, 2008 5:56:11 PM HK2Main start
    INFO: contextRootDir = /Users/arungupta/tools/glassfish/v3/8-24/glassfish/modules
    Aug 26, 2008 5:56:11 PM OSGiFactoryImpl initialize

    . . .

    INFO: APIClassLoader = Class Loader for Bundle [GlassFish-Application-Common-Module [66] ]
    Aug 26, 2008 5:56:13 PM CommonClassLoaderManager Skipping creation of CommonClassLoader as there are no libraries available
    INFO: urls = []
    Aug 26, 2008 5:56:13 PM com.sun.enterprise.v3.server.AppServerStartup run
    INFO: Glassfish v3 started in 2176 ms

  5. And deploy Typo as:

    ~/samples/jruby >~/tools/glassfish/v3/8-24/glassfish/bin/asadmin deploy typo-5.1.2

    Command deploy executed successfully.

The application is available at “http://localhost:8080/typo-5.1.2″ and some of the screenshots follow:

Also check out Redmine, Substruct and Mephisto on GlassFish v3. There are some performance issues when running Typo on GlassFish and this is tracked at Issue #5662.

If your Rails application does not work on the gem, file bugs here with “jruby” as “subcomponent” (default version is “v3″).

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  1. thank you

    Comment by piercing — August 28, 2008 @ 1:43 pm

  2. Hey thanks for the post! In your opinion is Glassfish v3 prelude good app server for Jruby on Rails applications or is it better to stick with v2u2? Is v3 prelude also ready for enterprise deployment for Jruby on Rails?

    Comment by Nabeel Zafar — November 5, 2008 @ 4:59 pm

  3. Nabeel,

    Great timing for your comment!

    GlassFish v3 Prelude is released this morning and can be used for deploying all your JRuby-on-Rails applications, natively without any packaging. It is certainly ready for enterprise deployment and you can even buy production support for all your apps. Read more details at:

    Many more blog entries on Rails/GlassFish are available at:

    Comment by Arun Gupta — November 6, 2008 @ 6:48 am

  4. [Trackback] GlassFish v3 Prelude is now available. It allows Rails applications to be deployed natively using JRuby and without the need of any WAR packaging or Servlet container. An integrated NetBeans tooling provides a comprehensive development and deploy…

    Comment by Arun Gupta's Blog — November 7, 2008 @ 5:52 am

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