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The open source behind gov.uk revealed

Feb 01, 2012, 21:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by djwm)

"The just published colophon lists the components of the in-development site. Its Amazon EC2 hosting runs instances of Ubuntu 10.04LTS, with Jetty as application server and Nginx, Apache and mod_passenger as HTTP servers. Jenkins provides a continuous integration service, Varnish provides caching and configuration management is organised by Puppet.

"The code on the site is written mostly in Ruby, with either Rails or Sinatra providing the framework; the developers have organised a github repository with the gems they have created and used to deliver the site. The one exception is the request router which is written in Scala. The developers began building the system with MySQL but have been moving over to MongoDB as they 'realised how much of our content fitted its document-centric approach'. For geocoding, the developers use MySociety.org's MaPit."

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