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Building a Video Portal in Rails - Or How the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Started Streaming

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May 7, 2009 6:45 AM

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV

A team of Rails developers, designers, and an enterprising media and licensing company embarked on a challenge: How to put every video in the 4Kids Entertainment content library online, streaming free to millions of kids (and children-at-heart). This session will review the challenges and approach of the development of the website, that streams over 1 million videos per month and is one of the fastest growing video websites in 2008.

The streaming media platform presented a variety of challenges in architecture, design, and operations.

Regarding architecture, the following questions will be explored:

How do you work with Content Delivery Networks (CDN’s) and video encoding and ingestion services? How do you structure your database, library, model, and presentation logic to make the best of use of the Flash and video content management system requirements necessary for a destination video portal? How do you deploy a scalable architecture for this sort of site? (The answer is ngnix, and unfortunately not Passenger as we learned)

Regarding design:

How do you implement SEO friendly URL’s, related videos, send to a friend, and other features that are expected of a world-class video portal? Discuss Flash video player, DoubleClick/DART/InStream video ad platform, and Rails integration in more detail Learning to love Rake to handle asychronous processing of external content management systems. Integrating web analytics


What sort of administration screens and processes do you deliver to system admins, marketing folks, and product managers to run a portal like this? What does the QA and build process look like? Using hoptoad for application monitoring.

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