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Squeak Smalltalk is wholly unlike any other open source programming tool you've worked with - and mostly in good ways. Unfortunately, it's the bad ways that make the first impression. This hands-on tutorial will help you get past the unfamiliar and the unwieldy so that you can take advantage of the elegant and productive environment that lies underneath.
This tutorial will show you how to get started with Gearman, the flexible job queuing system used to power websites such as LiveJournal and Digg. We'll cover common architectures, installation, APIs, and deployment. A few use cases will be described and built, including a Map/Reduce cluster and database-driven URL mining application.
Internet traffic spikes aren't what they used to be. It is now evident that even the smallest sites can suffer the attention of the global audience. This presentation dives into techniques to avoid collapse under dire circumstances. Looking at some real traffic spikes, we'll pinpoint what part of the architecture is crumbling under the load; then, walk though stop-gaps and complete solutions.