For a few weeks now i've been thinking about better tools to provision our bare-metal servers and VMs. All tools out there are IMHO bloatware. Over-complicated stuff where nobody knows when the next library upstream will break feature X which will prevent shit from working. Typical wobbly constructs we have these days. I'm not a fan of them, you shouldn't be either.
First i want to talk a little bit about my Journey with web frameworks, since i've used quite a number of them, namely Django, Rails, Tapestry5, Wicket, CakePHP (lol), Play, Merb (my favorite for Ruby) and of course Liftweb.
Today i finally found some time to do a little work on my project called Coinmines. CoinMines is an Open Source Web-Frontend for pushpool. Pooled mining is the process of hashing the transactions that occur in the Bitcoin network. Successfully hashing a block of transactions results in a reward.
I've spent my vacation wisely on writing my new customer interface. While doing that, i've played a lot with redis which is one of the most remarkable pieces of software i've ever seen. Altho it's not usable for "important"/"non-temporary" data (since it's only a key value storage and has limited query capabilities), it's perfectly made for caching stuff.