great for a change… what did we learn? IIS and Tomcat integration still sucks, load balancing in the plugin is so neat and simple.. VMWare bare metal virtualisation and physical redundancy rocks all the time, IIS (7.x) has come a long way since the “dark days”..
…and should have known about the free awesome(!) www.cloudshare.com instant-on virtualisation before spending time and reinstalled my laptop with Windows 2008 Server trial 😉
Looking into different cache modules for high performance dynamic websites. Looks like many of the big sites (YouTube, Flickr, New York Times and many more) are using memcached which looks to be a very interesting and straight forward piece of software.. Then as I have the luxury of working in a pure J2EE environment I have looked into pure-java caching frameworks as well (like ehcache). This article is an interesting (but maybe not elaborate) example of the two; http://gregluck.com/blog/archives/2007/05/comparing_memca.html
Must say I never heard of highscalability.com before… but if you are into designing large-scale web application this is a very good site with some juicy reads on real life architectures; SlashDot, Flickr, Youtube, Wikimedia, Twitter and many more examples;