16 Feb '13, 8pm

Dead simple task scheduling in Rails via @intridea

I was working on a project where I needed to send out a daily digest email. The emails needed to be sent out on a scheduled interval, not as the result of some user action. This meant that it would need to be handled outside of the normal request/response cycle. Typically in the Rails world, when someone mentions long-running, or background tasks, you think either BackgrounDrb or Starling /Workling . Those tools are fine and all -- actually, don't get me started on BackgrounDrb -- but I wanted something a bit more simple. I didn't need queueing, or jobs, or anything like that. I had only one task to manage. I just want something that will say, "Once a day, do [task]", and that's all. Also, I really didn't want to have to monkey with deployment tasks, be it with Vlad or Capistrano or whatever. I wanted to just deploy as usual, and have it all just work, no extra processes t...

Full article: http://www.intridea.com/blog/2009/2/13/dead-simple-task-s...

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