Scaling a Website to 300 Million Page Views Per Month with Scala

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

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  • Phil W.

    If anyone's interested, I wrote a few notes on James Golick's talk in a recent blog post...
    http://www.bigfastblog.com/rollout-degrade-metrics-and-capacity

    December 17, 2011

  • Gord

    Well that was fun. Speaker was entertainingly honest and otherwise awesome.

    December 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great talk, entertaining speaker. A really useful topic with lots of valuable pieces of information, i.e. the perspective that cloud-hosted hardware is not all it's hyped up to be.

    December 9, 2011

  • Clayten H.

    A great scala(bility) talk that hardly touched on Scala, except to cover what it handled that other solutions didn't.

    No theory, all brutal experience.

    December 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great talk!

    December 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bam! bringing the heat, yet again. I am thinking that we need to move into an era Metrics driven development.

    December 9, 2011

  • David D.

    It is: A Thinking Ape, Suite 400, 322 Water Street, Vancouver, BC

    December 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Street name is missing from the location can you please let us know the exact location

    December 7, 2011

  • Paul L.

    Yup, narrowed it down to two, just verifying tomorrow. I'm post where by tomorrow night.

    December 4, 2011

  • David D.

    Any hope/hint re:finding a location?

    December 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    How did I get in the write up. :-)
    Yes, I am making a dual appearance!
    Just killing it!

    1 · October 22, 2011

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