Monday, May 19, 2008

Twitter, please fix your app!

Tried to follow the php|tek twitter but as has been quite typical lately the Twitter service continues to be sporadic.


I partially agree with Blaine Cook's blog post that languages per-se don't scale on their own. However, there are two things that immediately jump to mind:

a) It is much easier to find people who have actually scaled PHP applications, especially in the bay area.

b) Over the past years PHP and its extensions have undergone a lot of tuning to enable them to scale more effectively. This includes optimizing file system access, memory management and various other sub systems which will ultimately affect throughput.

Twitter team: If you have interest in considering PHP (and Zend Framework) drop me a note.


  1. When was this? There was planned maintenance at 0.00 PDT.

    But you're right. Twitter is down an awful lot.

  2. I think scalling share-nothing-architectures (which I count RoR as well) shouldn't be a too big problem. Usually the database is the bootleneck. But I agree with you that on PHP the learnings for scalling are much higher (on both people and the software itself).

    Btw I think is publishing information too early. The post there is not yet published on blogger.

  3. Thank you! I didn't know they picked up on it until I saw your comment.

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