I almost exclusively blog about Drupal here, but I decided to write about something different for once.
Its been 15 years since I built my first 'web page' and when you've been with anything for 15 years (in this case web technology) you wonder if its time for something new. I think the new thing I'm interested in is web technology. Really that's a long way of saying web tech is dead, long live web tech.
So what are the things that got me excited about the web again recently?
Having worked with database driven web applications for nearly a decade I've had to address scalability issues on occasion. If some part of your web application technology stack becomes a bottleneck you have to scale up or out. When its the database that's the problem you often scale by adding another database server and balance the load between them. But, in order to do that you have to make sure that you're databases are synchronized. Most database software these days can easily handle replication, but you have to decide on topologies and relationships between servers and which is in charge of what and when in the replication process. Long story short, you need to know a heck of a lot more about your database software and your application is all of a sudden way more complex than it used to be because the technology stack got a lot more complex.