Media praise for Building Scalable Web Sites
"It's not a step-by-step guide (and doesn't claim to be one), but Building Scalable Web Sites is the closest thing available to a nuts-and-bolts look at managing the technical aspects of doing a Web-based startup...most of the chapters follow a general pattern: a topic (like bottlenecks in your application and platform, scaling, or monitoring) is addressed and some rules of thumb that describe the way that the author feels things should be done are set forth and explained, with lots of very specific hints and factoids mixed in along the way."
-- , Slashdot.org
"...I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who maintains a website, large or small. It may not be a definitive and comprehensive source everything one needs to know for building scalable websites, but it certainly has a good number of practical advice to justify the price."
-- , Pankaj Kumar's Weblog
"All in all, I ended up getting a lot more than I bargained for with this book. I thought I had a pretty good handle on scalability, but this book broadened my scope a bit more to include things which I hadn't considered before - which is really what scalability is about...I'd recommend this book to serious web developers who intend to stay developing over the next five to ten years. In that time, some of this stuff might change, but the principle remains the same: Build to grow = build to last."
-- , KnowProSE.com
"This book is instructive, entertaining, and intellectually enriching. Cal has a lot of knowledge in building scalable websites, and there'll be no mistaking that when you pick up the book. This fellow speaks from personal experience. Do yourself a favor, and don't build a hamstrung site. Read this book first!"
-- , Blogcritics.org
"What this book will do is to set you straight: what is scalability, and how its done, from scratch to finished product, from hardware planning to software planning. Its all laid out, and its easy to understand. Oh heck, Cal even explains what a web application is. And hell shatter a few myths, such as this: scalability and performance arent the same thing. And, PHP can be used in scalable applications. "
-- , Come Across
"The chapters on bottlenecks and scaling web applications are excellent discussions of how best to intelligently handle performance and growth without just throwing money and hardware at the problem. Well worth reading regardless of how big your site is right now. "
-- , Duffbert's Random Musings
"This is an excellent read - a must if you are in the business of creating web applications. Whether your applications expect loads of 10 users or a million users, the techniques discussed in this book will make your application perform better and be easier to maintain."
-- , Amazon.com
"Every website can be improved and if it is to grow and flourish, knowledge on how it can be scaled is invaluable. Knowing which tools are available and which ones work well are also very helpful...Run the gamut of web technologies and techniques with this book."
-- , MacCompanion
"An excellent book for any intermediate to advanced web developer regardless of the languages that you are developing in."
-- , Fellgall.com
"...covers a lot of material in its 300-odd pages, from working with APIs, to optimizing your MySQL code...it's also full of a lot of practical advice in place of theory."
-- , YYZTech.com