Great Introductory Video on Scalability from Harvard Computer Science
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 8:23AM
Todd Hoff in lecture

Professor David Malan gives a very good lecture on scalability for dynamic websites. It's not highly technical, it's an extension course, but it's a great introduction to a wide variety of topics. I really like his teaching style. He continually asks questions, prompts for input, and gives accessible explanations. Some of the topics covered: vertical scaling; horizontal scaling; PHP acceleration; load balancing: DNS, L7, sticky sessions, load balancers; caching; MySQL: replication, load balancing, partitioning, high availability.

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This is one lecture in a series of 13 lectures on building dynamic websites. Students learn how to: build dynamic websites with Ajax and with LinuxApacheMySQL, and PHP (LAMP); set up domain names with DNSstructure pages with XHTML and CSS how to program in JavaScript and PHPconfigure Apacheand MySQL; design and query databases with SQL; use Ajax with both XML andJSON build mashups.

For the lecture notes go to the OpenCourseWare site.

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