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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 robus ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Sams Publishing (first published 2006)
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Ala' Abuhijleh
Dec 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
one of the only great books out in the early 2000s on how to scale
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: devops

Most of the tools are now outdated.
Still a good read as the problem descriptions are very good.
Ramesh Mhetre
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
The concept mentioned in the book are basics of internet & web applications. In the era of cloud native this seems to be a bit different.
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first book about scalability. It's was written a decade ago. I'm not sure how relevant the examples are since I'm not working in the field. I give a glimpse on the examples. In general, the book is well organized and the principle is clear. It focuses on the topic: Scalability, and touches relevant topics too. ...more
Apr 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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....
Mayank Jaiswal
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Good book but a bit outdated today. Anyone reading it today in 2017 might feel that many concepts explained are too low level given the technologies available today. May be reading a summary of
this book will suffice.
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
While the problems presented in the book are interesting and relevant, the solutions seem a bit dated. I guess more recent books like "Designing Data-intensive applications" and "Scalability Rules" may present more relevant/current solutions. ...more
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
outdated in many ways
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Timon Karnezos
Sep 17, 2009 rated it liked it
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. ...more
May 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: technical
Fantastic book. Packed with useful information for real-world sysadmins.
Kirill Klimov
Jan 22, 2016 marked it as to-read
already arrived ;)
Alexander Shishenko
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tech
Somewhat less accessible than I was honestly ready for, but very informative.
Philip Cristiano
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great intro to many topics you should always keep in mind. Some of the technology mentioned is outdated but the techniques still apply.
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