Posted by: Anonymous
on October 28, 2007 03:18 AM
Depends on how they architected their application, and how persistent the database connections tend to be (how long they're held open in a session). Remember, this is a BIG newspaper, and they're going to get a lot of hits. It's pretty easy to make what seems like an innocent design decision and have it blow up in your face under real-world loads. I've been there.... (I can saturate an Oracle database back end server without blinking an eye if there is a badly designed app in front of it.) Sounds like they came up with some creative solutions, and rather than patenting it (like a lot of other people we know would), they decided to share it with the community. I don't know how broad the application is, but I still think it's a neat approach.