Cron is non-ideal for running scheduled application tasks, especially in an app
deployed to multiple machines. More details.
Clockwork is a cron replacement. It runs as a lightweight, long-running Ruby process which sits alongside your web processes (Mongrel/Thin) and your worker processes (DJ/Resque/Minion/Stalker) to schedule recurring work at particular times or dates. For example, refreshing feeds on an hourly basis, or send reminder emails on a nightly basis, or generating invoices once a month on the 1st.
Clockwork alternatives and similar gems
Based on the "Scheduling" category
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