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Scalable Internet Architectures

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As a developer, you are aware of the increasing concern amongst developers and site architects that websites be able to handle the vast number of visitors that flood the Internet on a daily basis. "Scalable Internet Architectures" addresses these concerns by teaching you both good and bad design methodologies for building new sites and how to scale existing websites to rob ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published July 21st 2006 by Sams Publishing (first published 2006)
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Ala' Abuhijleh
I really did not find this book interesting for the following reasons:

1. Flow of ideas was not clear, I lost context so many times
2. Some ideas are over-illustrated
3. The flow is not smooth
4. Introduced no new ideas, thoughts or eye openers

I might be right, I might be wrong, but I really did not find anything special about this book
Jack Repenning
What "NoSQL" is to data management, Theo Schlossnagle is to data-center and federated multi-tennant architectures. For good, for bad, for novel insights and resurrected ancient errors ... it's all there, along with a truculent, dismissive attitude.
Mar 29, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Definitely should be on the bookshelf of anyone running a large web service/site/application. Summary: "performance is not necessarily scalability", "know your tools", "measure", "good logging is really important" and "message buses can be really useful".

The book serves another useful purpose: it is really old school. Code examples are in Perl and C and Unix philosophy (small tools, doing one thing well, connected together) is demonstrated throughout and applied to contemporary
Dec 14, 2014 Shawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: web
published in 2006 which is not very up to date (2012 when I read it). but good enough for building scalable internet apps on your own hardware.
Kirill Klimov
already arrived ;)
Nov 23, 2012 Cheryl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partially-read
This book reminds me of a rambling lecture from a professor who probably knows a lot (it's hard to be sure), but isn't very good at helping anyone else learn. I didn't actually finish this book -- switched to Building Scalable Web Sites instead, which seems much better so far.
Jun 19, 2012 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: web
Remembered why this is 3 stars, easy to read, accessible....mostly, but author goes off on tangents of deeply bewildering programming in the end, so much, I forget the original problem. This also appears to be a book that shills for the Spread daemon... Which is not in itself a bad thing, but do wonder if some solutions could be dealt with message queueing. A decent book still....
Oct 15, 2013 Arun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cs
This book had just enough material to hold my interest in building scalable web systems. The code formatting in the ebook format was ugly and I just skimmed the last chapter which contains mostly C and perl code but the formatting made it hard to follow the logic. Overall a good starting point on learning about scalable web systems.
Sep 11, 2013 Vadim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First half of the book will suit perfectly if you have trouble telling high availability from load balancing. Introduces some of the networking concepts, albeit superficially. The last half of the book is basically an advertisement and a manual for the Spread/Wackamole tools.
Alexander Shishenko
Apr 24, 2016 Alexander Shishenko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tech
This book is about principles of building scalable architectures, but the author gives too much attention to a specific technology (Spread) instead of telling about vendor-unspecific approach.
Philip Cristiano
Apr 19, 2013 Philip Cristiano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great intro to many topics you should always keep in mind. Some of the technology mentioned is outdated but the techniques still apply.
Timon Karnezos
A bit out of date, but if you're new to IT on anything larger than the one or two server scale, this is a very enlightening read.
Apr 15, 2014 Justine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tech
Somewhat less accessible than I was honestly ready for, but very informative.
Dec 19, 2010 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: technical
Fantastic book. Packed with useful information for real-world sysadmins.
Jan 04, 2015 Alexis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
outdated in many ways
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