Build Applications That Scale

For over two months now, we've been preparing to migrate our services to a new datacenter. This has been, without a doubt, the most important project within the history of our company, for a number of reasons. We sell, host, and support websites for a single vertical market. A few thousand sites, all operating off a single shared framework/codebase. This is up from the few hundred sites we were hosting when I joined the company almost three years back. Our sites have been a testament to the power of the ColdFusion server platform, and I thought it important to share with you all the importance of our move, the challenges we overcame, and the benefits we've incurred.

I want to give you a little background here, so that you'll have an understanding on the history and growth of our application, and how critical it is to think in terms of scale. In talking with several developers, while at WebManiacs, I was surprised to find out just how many had come across similar issues at one time or another.

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WebManiacs Follow-Up

After WebManiacs, I thought it would be good to jot down some thoughts on conferences, and ColdFusion development in general. I was asked to speak at WebManiacs, which was my first conference speaking engagement, and although my session was somewhat small (last session that day), I had a great group who seemed to really enjoy my presentation, with a lot of questions, comments, and discussion afterwards. All in all a lot of fun. That being said, the conference was... lacking a little. Now, in all fairness, it was the first of it's kind, the first for FigLeaf (of this size), and a learning experience for everyone involved.

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