One of the really cool features of CloudFiles is StaticWeb. Essentially you can host whole static site within a CloudFiles CDN enabled container. I’m going to show you how to get a static site setup under CloudFiles. You need to have a Rackspace Cloud account, which you can get here. Once you have your account setup, you can get your API key from the control panel. Authenticating with Rackspace Cloud looks a little like:
The cloud is open. Rackspace announced it’s open cloud on Wednesday. Essentially CloudServers is now running off Nova, part of Openstack. CloudFiles, which is an implementation of Swift, has been for a while now. What I’m really enjoying about it, is we now have a whole suite of products to go with Servers and Files. Database as a Service (DBaaS) means you don’t have to run MySQL on your Server. The new mycloud.
Very cool. Download, launch, done. It is super simple and hopefully will get some people wanting to use PostgreSQL more. It has a default db of your userid, no password. Set your app to localhost/ for dev work. You can create new dbs pretty easily. Much easier than installing MySQL. The real trick was getting psycopg2 installed. Once I updated xcode and installed the commandline apps through xcode it worked like a champ.
I really wanted to get on to the water this summer and spend some time floating around. Didn’t really want to get a jet ski, because I don’t want to pull it behind my car. Didn’t want to get a sailboat or catamaran for pretty much the same reason. Ended up getting a Hobie Mirage Outback kayak. It’s a really nice little boat. One of the nice features is you can pedal it instead of paddle.