Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon www.highscalability.com this morning. I, like any developer, would love to build that one great website that generates some revenue with little to no overhead (think Craigslist). That being said, I have almost no chance of doing so. The reasons are plenty but the main reason is scalability and how to achieve it.
Luckily (or not so luckily) highscalability.com offers valuable tips and lessons learned from people who work at or run some of the major web sites. This makes for some great reading. It wasn't that long ago, when people like myself, wondered aloud "How did they do that?" or "I wonder what they learned or uncovered along the way?". Well, in today's community oriented development mindset (re: open source), sharing is the path to enlightenment (and/or asymmetric competition).
Enjoy the read... I've got to get back to database sharding.