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Comment Re:Sounds like Netflix is a mess (Score 1) 75

I'd rather have 98% of the developers focused on application logic and a specialized 2% of the developers providing productivity improvements to the core platform.

The whole idea of writing crap code, and "optimizing" it later, whether with automated tools or by handing it off to others, works very, very poorly in practice. Putting a little effort in, at the start, to architect services properly, and keeping an eye on the design through the coding process, pays off in spades later on.

I never suggested that it was a good idea to write crap code. I suggested that it's a good idea to have some developers focused on things that all developers need to be taking care of (e.g. a platform that supports universal tasks). In that way, you raise everyone's efficiency with a single core effort and the vast majority of the team can focus on implementing features that move the business forward.

Comment Re:Sounds like Netflix is a mess (Score 1) 75

Not to pick too nittily, but your assertion that a load balancer should just "go[es] to the most responsive server" is kind of simplistic. When I was working there, we had a failure mode where the most responsive server was one that had tripped over a subtle bug causing all subsequent requests to that instance of the service to almost immediately respond with an http 200 and empty content (it was a bug, after all, and it was compounded by this failure mode of returning a 200). Because we used weighted round-robin, we were able to diagnose that only some of the servers were behaving badly and could focus on reproducing the problem, finding the root cause and fixing it. The short-term mitigation was to bounce the ones in a bad state as they got into the bad state. This was at the cost of a poor user experience for 1/n of current traffic. In your proposed model, all traffic would have black-holed into this highly responsive server possibly making diagnosis and mitigation more difficult.

As far as having to abstract away the heavy lifting of service management into a dedicated layer, I'm in violent agreement with that architectural decision. Without providing service management as a service, you put the burden on everyone's shoulders to manage it themselves. I'd rather have 98% of the developers focused on application logic and a specialized 2% of the developers providing productivity improvements to the core platform.

While it might be more rewarding for some to re-blaze trails that have already been explored (and improvements do come out of parallel efforts) it's a much better business decision to put as much weight as possible behind moving the product forward and leave the task of lifting the efficiency of the platform to a dedicated team.

Comment Re:Where are the mid-American datacenters (Score 1) 186

To your point, if you were 1,450 miles away in the middle of Kansas, you'd have a 7.7 millisecond ping time just for speed-of-light latency if you ran redundant fiber from your DC directly to the exchange in Manhattan. Probably add some small amount of time for the network gear on each end of the connection.

Comment Re:an Oracle DBAs perspective (Score 2) 306

You shouldn't have posted this anonymously. I think it's great that you've identified the key friction present in all software development efforts: tossing the product over the wall and assuming the downstream person will fix it. Whether it's a product owner tossing incomplete requirements to a developer, a developer tossing code without unit tests or non-performant code to a tester, a tester not validating whether the code will really run in prod, or an operations person blindly deploying whatever comes down the pipe.

All of these non-communicative behaviors work together to create a sub-optimal user experience (and pissing off the people who benefit from the system you build is a self-defeating practice, since they're the ones that indirectly sign your paycheck).

Comment Re:Who are these people again? (Score 5, Insightful) 491

I took a look at their website. Seems like two ex-Gartners striking out on their own to build their own Gartner.

To that end, it certainly casts the alarmist report titles in the class of "generate buzz/subscriptions".

Both of the bios of the principals are fully buzzword compliant, not to mention cromulent.

Comment Re:Defensive patent (Score 1) 191

This is totally off topic, but I'm amused by the irony inherent in your signature. It is of the form:

(mangled idiom), (linguisitic joke)

Please try:

For all intents and purposes, ...

Unless, of course, you're asserting that only people that work really hard that use 'whom' are targeted.

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