CHAPTER 6. Web 2.0 Architecture Case Studies

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A recent study[1][2] found that approximately 40% of applications developed by Google are in beta stage. These are not just apps developed recently; some are apps developed years ago. There are concerns that Google might have redefined the term “beta.”[3] You might wonder what exactly is happening and ask, “Why can’t I get away with a prolonged beta status?” In his Web 2.0 Expo video on YouTube,[4] Eric Schmidt of Google mentions “double-secret-beta” status.

You might also have read about Google developing its own database file system[5] (called, what else, BigTable), scaling frameworks ...

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