Hosting the AutoCRUD Demo

In my previous entry here (syndicated from, I linked at the end to a demo Catalyst::Plugin::AutoCRUD application running on DotCloud. I’m much happier with this than running something on my own personal server, and here’s the notes on its setup.

For those unfamiliar, DotCloud is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering a freemium model. I’m grateful to them for this as the free account provides all I need for my demo.

First, I followed to the letter Phillip Smith’s comprehensive guide on deploying a Perl Catalyst application to the DotCloud service. Next I customised the basic application created in the guide to use AutoCRUD:

  • removed the Root controller
  • added two Models and their supporting DBIx::Class Result classes
  • set basepath in the configuration
  • installed an hourly cron job to:
    • restore the SQLite databases
    • restart the web service (supervisorctl restart uwsgi)

Next I wanted a more tidy looking domain for the demo, so purchased through NETIM. My plan is to have pointing to the DotCloud instance, and sometime in the future to have be used for a secret feature I’m still working on. Sadly NETIM only offers HTTP redirects from subdomains, so I delegated hosting of the DNS to ClouDNS.

ClouDNS is another freemium service, again where the free part provides just what I need. They offer not only a bit of a smarter interface than NETIM for DNS zone management, but also HTTP redirects from the zone apex.

I do of course know that nothing lasts forever, particularly with freemium services, and I’m grateful for what’s available because it works very well (I’ve added promotional icons for ClouDNS and DotCloud to the demo site).

The end result of this is that I now have the AutoCRUD demo safely hosted on DotCloud with a friendly URL to pass out in documentation or blog posts :-)

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