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Scalability: The Next Buzzword

Since I’m currently in the process of trying to help a team re-design an existing software-intensive system to be more scalable, the title of this book caught my eye:

The Art of Scalability: Scalable Web Architecture, Processes, and Organizations for the Modern Enterprise

It’s just my opinion (and you know what “they” say about opinions) but stay away from this stinker. All the authors want to do is to jump on the latest buzzword of “scalability” and make tons of money without helping anybody but themselves.

Check this self-serving advertisement out:

“The Art of Scalability addresses these issues by arming executives, engineering managers, engineers, and architects with models and approaches to scale their technology architectures, fix their processes, and structure their organizations to keep “scaling” problems from affecting their business and to fix these problems rapidly should they occur.”

Notice how they try to cover the entire hierarchical corpo gamut from bozo managers at the peak of the pyramid down to the dweebs in the cellar to maximize the return on their investment. Blech and hawk-tooey.

BTW, I actually did waste my time by reading the first BS chapter. The rest of the book my be a Godsend, but I’m not about to invest my time trying to figure out if it is.

  1. Ray
    January 13, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Software is littered with the money making phrase of the year/month/week/day. Because software development is all people oriented and that is where the variability is, authors/snake oil sales people try to sell management on the new and different silver bullets that will make/save money with software development.

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