James Golick, CTO of fetlife.com is going to come talk about his experience scaling the world's largest BDSM/Fetish social network. Soon after James joined fetlife, he started breaking up the monolithic Rails app that originally powered fetlife into a Service Oriented Architecture with services written in Scala. They have been using Scala in production for 2 years.
The talk will be similar to the talk James gave at the Ruby meetup in October (http://www.meetup.com.... I think Jef King's comment says it all: "This was the best presentation I have been to in the past year. Thanks for setting this up; and killing it."
James' description for that talk:
Running a large website is hard. While running fetlife.com (nsfw, almost 300m pageviews / mo, peaking over 650req/s), we've made just about every mistake in the book. In this talk, I'll spill the beans on everything that we've learned about how to run a website (in general, not just at scale). We'll discuss everything from avoiding outages to development methodology to metrics collection to the challenges of site-wide SSL at scale. Come learn from our mistakes!
To be held at A Thinking Ape's offices. Capacity 40-50 ppl.. call me (Paul) at[masked] if you're having trouble finding the place / getting in