8.6. RealWorld Methods of Conquering the Learning Curve

There's plenty to learn when it comes to testing and tuning, no doubt about it. The technology stacks themselves take time to master, not to mention the testing and monitoring tools necessary for effective stress testing. And then the real fun begins—iteratively tweaking, configuring, and tuning your technology stack to wring the most performance possible within the constraints of your high availability mechanisms, budget, and so on. In the best of worlds, you would walk into your testing scenarios armed with all of the requisite knowledge and experience to hit the ground running. In the real world, though, you'll probably fall short in a number of areas, as I've shown in Figure 8-4. The ...

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