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Scalable Internet Architectures by Theo Schlossnagle

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Chapter 10. The Right Tool for the Job

This is perhaps the most important chapter of the book. This chapter goes into depth where we did not in previous chapters with the hope of lending insight into real problem solving as well as providing a useful base for a real implementation. Although we present a specific solution to a specific problem, this chapter illustrates some valuable architectural lessons and highlights mistakes often made in feature design.

Hopefully, this begs the first question. Why do I say “feature design” and not “web application design?” This has a simple answer: I have a web application. We’ve discussed various aspects of this web application in several of the preceding chapters—it has been designed. We are now challenged ...

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