Designing Web Applications for Scalability

I can’t even count the number of times that I’ve heard this phrase: “don’t worry about scaling your web application, worry about visitor (or customer) acquisition.” My response to this is always that you don’t need to choose one or the other, you can do both! In this post, I’m going to go over some of the strategies I’ve used to architect web applications for scalability, right from the start of the design process, in such a way that I’m prepared to scale when I need to, but not forced into doing so before its necessary. Easing the transition from small scale to large scale can be made much easier by choosing the right technologies and implementing the right coding patterns up front.

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