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YELLOWPAGES.COM: Behind the Curtain

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John Straw led the development team which pulled off the YELLOWPAGES.COM Big Rewrite.

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Mar 12, 2009

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  • performance

    by Dorel Vaida /

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    How is it to give a presentation based on a site that is totally down as I am watching the presentation and trying to access it ?

  • Re: performance

    by João Vieira da Luz /

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    I'm trying to access to this site... and again is down :)

    That's ruby on rails :)

    Java is not bad the consultants that wrote the earlier site were bad consultants.
    What a bunch of misconceptions about Java.

  • Re: performance

    by Frank Falkenberg /

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    Does anybody know the reason for the outage? I guess it is not because of Rails.

  • very disappointed

    by Bruce Goldstein /

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    A system with one database connection and they can not use Apache due to performance. I am pretty unimpressed. And they do not use Java because it does not make pretty urls? I was hoping this would be a reason to use ruby but it was more about how sad ATT is at development.

  • Volume isn't all that high

    by peter lin /

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    Having worked at a superpages.com a few years back, the volume doesn't impress me. Back in 2002 superpages.com was handling 10million+ pageviews a day and it used tomcat. Today it handles a lot more than that per day using a well thoughout architecture. If the talk was suppose to show how impressive ROR is or can be, I'm not impressed.

  • a list of things you can do wrong...

    by Stefan Frank /

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    Maybe he should have looked up in yellowpages.com a person who actually knows how to build something like this. It's one of the "I don't have a clue of java/jee - let's move on to something else I don't have a clue of." I especially like the part about the crap-machines they bought from another company that has gone broke... and the "architecture"-pictures are great, all lines and smoke...

  • Re: Volume isn't all that high

    by Samyem Tuladhar /

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    And also I am surprised that they didn't write the search component in-house for a website centered around search!

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