Sometimes we reach for a gem because it is what we know or we've had great experience with it in the past. However, sometimes the gem is a sledgehammer for a small problem. When you don't need all of the features, sometimes developing the functionality inside your application may be a better route.
It's never a bad thing to understand how authentication works in a Ruby on Rails application without reaching for a gem. In this episode, we look at how authentication works in a modern Ruby on Rails application and some reasons why we shouldn't roll our own solution.
Heroku is a Platform as a Service (PaaS), where you can deploy and manage your Ruby on Rails applications. It is one of the easiest platforms to deploy to; allowing you to focus on the development side of things instead of worrying about managing an infrastructure.
Amazon's newest hosting service, App Runner, makes it fairly easy to deploy web services. In this episode, we take a look at some of the issues with App Runner as well as how we can deploy a Docker container image to the service. We also dive into building Docker images from an Apple M1 computer and pushing to Elastic Container Registry.