Architecting for Scalable and Usable Web Applications
As Enterprises and Software Vendors start to develop more and more applications on the Internet there is an increasing importance to architect these applications for both growth and for the optimal user experience. Software + Services allows you to develop fantastic applications, but there are pitfalls with architecting the applications in the wrong way.
Our Central Region Architect Evangelists will lead us through two great discussions on scaling web applications and creating the best possible user experience.
Session 1: Architecting for Scalable Web Applications In this session we will explore the patterns that typical applications follow as their scalability needs grow due to increased demand. We will also discuss best practices from companies that have gone up the scalability curve like Amazon.com, MySpace and Flickr. We will discuss the common bottlenecks that prevent scalability as well as how to tackle tough issues like state management in a application that is scaled across servers and even data centers. We will also discuss the “scale later” philosophy and how it should be accompanied by a solid plan to scale your applications.
Session 2: Architecting for Usable Web Applications In this session we will discuss how to architect your application with the user in mind. We have more choices than ever before for developing applications (Traditional Web Apps, AJAX, RIA technologies like Flex and Microsoft Silverlight and even smart clients) and picking the technology is only part of the solution. The architecture of the application must be designed correctly to provide a pleasing user experience and (potentially) to add new and interesting clients in the future.