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Key Takeaway Points and Lessons Learned from QCon

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The first annual QCon conference went so well that InfoQ editors were too busy to write about event, so in this article we present the main takeway points and further reading as seen by the many attendees who blogged about QCon. You can also see over 320 photo's taken at QCon on Flickr.

Read Key Takeaway Points and Lessons Learned at QCon 2007

Bloggers' comments are organized by track and then by session that they are commenting on, all grouped together.  In all of the conferences we've ever been involved with, we've never seen so many people blogging and publishing such detailed content about a conference.

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  • transactionless

    by Floyd Marinescu /

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    On a personal note, I thought the whole part about eBay running without application-code transactions was a big eye opener. I could be wrong but I think Werner said the same thing about Amazon.com not runnign transactions, and some quote from him saying that to scale you have to design your app not to use them, but don't quote me on that. :)

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    by Tim Hodkinson /

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    You are right: looking at my notes he said that 2 phase commit was actually a barrier to availability. He also said having a relational database was a barrier to scaleability! It contradicts everything I've learned up until now: I kept thinking of that "Weird AL" Yankovic song "everything you know is wrong" :)

  • Re: transactionless

    by Floyd Marinescu /

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    Yes that's it, he was referring to not using 2 phase commit. Thanks Tim!

  • Re: transactionless

    by Steve Tekell /

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    This sounds consistant with me experience with genuinely large scale applications. They were mostly transactionless. We absolutely didn't use EJBs or any container manageded transactions. Some backend processes used two-phase commit, but I don't think anything that would have effected performance from a customers perspective did.

    While premature optimization can create problems, so can prematurely commiting to follow some bad design like a J2EE blueprint where it becomes practically impossible to optimize it enough later.

  • Re: transactionless

    by Tim Hodkinson /

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    Which JEE blueprints don't scale?

  • Re: transactionless

    by Steve Tekell /

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    I don't think the Sun's J2EE Petstore, as I remember it from several years ago, would be an appropriate starting place for a really large scale app. If you start out from the standpoint of requiring an extra transactional tier (EJBs), you have a performance penalty that can't be eliminated.

  • QCon 2007 Videos

    by Roger Jennings /

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    According to the QCon 2007 site, "Videos will be posted on InfoQ throughout the year." I'd particularly like to see a video of Erik Meijer's keynote.

    Roger Jennings
    oakleafblog.blogspot.com/2007/03/20-in-early-re...

  • Re: transactionless

    by Nati Shalom /

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    It's pretty much inline with the research made by Pat Helland: Life Beyond Distributed Transactions

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