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Building Scalable Web Sites Paperback – 26 May 2006
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"What this book gives, possibly uniquely, is both a look at the whole spectrum of building a service and some details of all the major stages. It's ideal to give to someone who has a tight focus or experience on a particular area, e.g. writing lines and lines of PHP code which kills the database or filer because the author has little appreciation of what happens at other levels of the system structure. This book would make an ideal guide to people who need to be given some indications of the world beyond a small area. It's also a good read for those who build web sites which may potentially get a large volume of traffic to learn from flickr and why they made the decisions they made." - Sam Smith, news@UK, September 2006
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In the initial chapters, he covers from the very basics ( layered design, good source code control ) to more "complicated" aspects of Unicode, internationalization and localization. He goes on to give a deep-geek analysis of email support in web apps, complete with security problems. Remote services are analysed and thought over as well, and different formats like REST, XML-RPC and SOAP are not forgotten, of course, and they are also duly reviewed twice, pros and cons and all.
Probably chapters 8 and 9 are the most interesting of the book (not to undervalue the rest of the content), as they delve deep into issues and problems that many of us, being way too used to working on the software side of things, tend to disregard when designing application. And that is all hardware issues that pertain to scalable apps. Clusters, Replication, CPU bound bottlenecks, disk reliability, data centers, disaster recovery, spare capacity...all of this is perfectly and clearly explained and very well covered. Very illuminating for anyone working in any non-trivial web development effort, from the developers to the project lead.
Then he tops the book by reviewing, not so deeply, issues with monitoring and statistics (usage, trends) and public API exposure.
The book is geared towards the PHP / MySQL developer working on Linux, therefore all the many tools mentioned are for this kind of environment. However, in spite of working in a Microsoft environment, I found the book very illuminating all the same.
I learned a real lot from it, and I mean to review some chapters every now and then. Is there anything better you can say about a book?
Thanks Cal for this masterpiece.
While the book covers none of the aspects of scalability in great depth, since it only really devotes one chapter to it, the book makes up for it by being a check list of things to know and do with any site that is going to get larger. There is certainly more to know about scalability than this book gives you, but many gems of information can be found in it which even experienced developers will find useful. Its not really the definitive reference to scalability but rather the introductory book to all of the non functional aspects that impact how an application is deployed and written, and it covers many topics well and clearly.
Some elements of the book will age quite badly as they refer to particular tools or the speed of a server, but in general it is a clearly written book. It is one of those books you'll go back to and use as the basis of where to start with many aspects of the system.