August 7, 2005

Deviant Art needs Rearchitecting, or.....going down in 5...4...3...2...

I see load balancers, and a new architecture in DA's future, it's pretty unusable, except Sunday morning at 9am. I have a friend who posts there and I'd love to see his other work. But that's really not an option as whenever I try to surf the site, it rarely returns anything to my browser, and I usually experience timeouts.

I watched Brad give his 'scaling livejournal' talk at OSCON last week, and it was quite good, I think it should be required reading for anyone looking to scale a lamp stack based app. I'm not sure that is what DA is based on, mind you, but maybe it should be if it isn't. Anyhow, DA is great stuff, but since you can't see it.....how great is it really? Also, it seems the perfect site to attach feeds to users...maybe I'm just missing it and they're really there. Regardless...

2 comments:

zeruch said...

DA has an RSS feed for its news releases, as well as for the individual journal postings on a per user basis (however the latter is only available to DA paid subscribers; arguably somewhat counter-intuitive), but nothing for announcing when new images are uploaded, something I have asked about before, as I think it's usefulness is pretty obvious.

More info on DA's feeds are here: http://help.deviantart.com/335/

Kunal said...

Agreed - DA is unusable in its current state.