Slow websites infuriate users. Lots of people can
web site or use your web application - but you have to be
those visitors, or they won't come back. Your sites need to
be built to
withstand the problems success creates.
Building Scalable Web Sites looks at a
variety of techniques for creating sites that can keep
users cheerful even when there are thousands or millions of
them. Flickr.com developer, Cal Henderson, explains how to
build sites so that large numbers of visitors can enjoy
them. Henderson examines techniques that go beyond sheer
speed, exploring how to coordinate developers, support
and integrate with other services from email to SOAP to RSS
to the APIs exposed by many Ajax-based web
This book uncovers the secrets that you need to know for
back-end scaling, architecture and failover so your websites
can handle countless requests. You'll learn how to take the
"poor man's web technologies" - Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP
or other scripting languages - and scale them to compete
with established "store bought" enterprise web technologies.
Toward the end of the book, you'll discover techniques for
keeping web applications running with event monitoring and
long-term statistical tracking for capacity planning.
If you're about to build your first dynamic website, then
Building Scalable Web Sites isn't for
you. But if you're an advanced developer who's ready to
realize the cost and performance benefits of a comprehensive
approach to scalable applications, then let your fingers do
the walking through this convenient guide.