This is a simple scaffold for packaging a Ruby app to run on Windows Azure, inspired by Steve Marx's https://github.com/smarx/pythonrole. It allows you to host a Ruby application in a Windows Azure Cloud Service.
This sample requires a Windows operating system and at least version 1.7 of the Windows Azure SDK (available at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/overview/). This sample will work with the Windows Azure Other SDK, but if you install the Windows Azure PowerShell cmdlets (they come in the Windows Azure Node.js SDK or Windows Azure PHP SDK) you can use the (much more feature-filled) PowerShell cmdlets.
app.rbto do whatever you want. If this is a web app, be sure to listen on the port specified in the
PORTenvironment variable (and for best results when running locally, listen on the IP address specified in the
By default, the package will download RailsInstaller when the Cloud Service starts up in Windows Azure, but this can take a really long time to download. If you don't mind increasing deployment package size, you can download RailsInstaller ahead of time and save it as railsinstaller.exe in the WorkerRole directory, and that will be used to install Ruby into the environment. Little bit longer on the upload, but shaves time off the startup of the service environment.
The 'other' SDK is a very bare-bones set of tools that let you package and deploy a cloud service, as well as run it in the local emulator. There are two files included in the root of this project that facilitate these operations; run.cmd and pack.cmd.
run.cmdto build and run the application locally in the emulator. When running locally, ruby.exe must be in the path. (It is not automatically installed as it is in the cloud.)
RubyRole.cspkg. That file, along with
ServiceConfiguration.Cloud.cscfgis what you need to deploy via the Windows Azure portal (or with some other tool) to get the app running in the cloud.
Publish-AzureServiceProject - packs and publishes the deployment to a cloud service from the command line
Start-AzureEmulator - packs and runs the deployment in the emulator
Stop-AzureEmulator - stops the emulator
Stop-AzureService - stops a deployed cloud service
Enable-AzureServiceProjectRemoteDesktop - enables remote desktop on your cloud service
For more information on Windows Azure PowerShell, see How to use the Windows Azure PowerShell Cmdlets.
This sample uses the Ruby package provuded at http://railsinstaller.org. This is installed using the
installDependencies.cmdinstalls the bundler gem and then uses it to install the gems listed in the Gemfile in the app folder.
run.cmdin the WorkerRole/app directory launches
ruby app.rb. If you need to launch a Rails application, or by using
rackup, you may need to use the following format:
call rails ....or
call rackup ..... The CALL command must be used for anything that is implemented as a .cmd or .bat file under windows.