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Scalability light but wisdom heavy,
This review is from: Building Scalable Web Sites (Paperback)
Somewhat written towards PHP, MySQL and Linux users the text manages to cover a good number of topics every web programmer should know about without being too strong on its chosen technology stack. Some chapters are affected more than others, and some of the problems with UTF-8 text are specific to PHP. 90% of the text however manages to be generic that it is not a big problem.
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.