You don’t want to fight with system dependencies and setup scripts when you have an app to build instead.
If you use Windows, you have it particularly tough. Setting up a good Rails or Django development environment on Windows is harder than on Mac OS or Linux.
I have been experimenting with Amazon’s Elastic File System (EFS) service on a real web app running across multiple instances.
With some effort, I have a file upload and sharing app serving from three web servers sharing a single EFS volume. But due to the…