[racket] How much RAM does a Racket personal blog need?

From: Neil Van Dyke (neil at neilvandyke.org)
Date: Tue Sep 10 22:52:34 EDT 2013

Ben Duan wrote at 09/10/2013 10:33 PM:
> I'm buying a VPS to build my personal blog and learn Racket through 
> the process. But I don't know how much RAM do I need. Do you have any 
> suggestions? And any other suggestions on how to choose a VPS for Racket?

You can determine this empirically.

Before you do, consider how you want to architect and deploy your app.  
Personally, I often like to start by making as much as possible static 
files that could be served by Apache or nginx (or a CDN), and then 
having deployed Racket run only for the parts that need to be dynamic 
(using my bare-bones "scgi" PLaneT package, or the Racket Web Server if 
I need continuations).  I also like to have Racket generate the static 
HTML files (using my "html-writing" and "html-template" PLaneT 
packages), as well as to prepare a staging directory to "rsync" to the 
server for deployment.

Also, a big advantage of the cloud is that you can scale up easily.  For 
example, you could start with an Amazon EC2 free instance with Debian 
GNU/Linux, deploy your app to it, run JMeter against it with the peak 
load you want to support, and see whether you need a bigger instance.  
If you don't have anything non-stock on the instance other than what you 
"rsync" from a staging tree, upgrading instances is even easier.

Neil V.

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