Conceptric is a one man freelance web development business that started by creating websites for clients that needed functionality a standard Content Management System (CMS) installation couldn’t supply.
I work primarily with Ruby frameworks because I find the Ruby ecosystem very productive with a solid set of code testing tools. I’ve started using Python for a number of scientifically biased projects and find a lot to like.
I’ve used a variety of version control system over the last few years including Subversion and Mercurial, but I rely on Git for my needs.
When I create a web application I consider the best way to manage the deployment and ongoing maintenance. The diverse range of automation tools based on Ruby – Puppet and Chef for example – is another reason for preferring Ruby on the web.
It’s important to consider the platform the application is being deployed to, and I’ve used Fedora, CentOS, Debian and now Ubuntu, but you can probably see the trend: Linux is my platform of choice.
Cloud computing services and Platform as a Service (PaaS) are interesting, but I’ve yet to work on a project where scaling issues justified the additional cost over a basic Virtual Private Server (VPS) solution. I’ve used them for my own projects, but not in commercial work.
Familiarity with the platform you’re working on is just as important. I’ve found that OS-X and Linux give me access to all the tools I need with minimal problems.
Finally, if you’ve got a project that you’d like to discuss, feel free to contact me.