qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

Book Review: Release It! - Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software, by Michael T Nygard
I've put this review off for a couple of weeks. To be honest, this wasn't the book I hoped or expected it to be; in some ways the "war story" case-studies are simplistic (uncaught database exceptions that stopped an airline's check-in system) and in others, depressingly deep (drilling into thread dumps). There is some good advice here and the patterns themselves are generally worth considering, but the author's definition of "stability", though fair enough, is further down the road than the problems I am, unfortunately, frequently faced with at work. On the other hand, the discussion about persistence frameworks (translation: "don't let the developers write SQL") is a bit depressing: in my experience, framework-generated SQL is rarely actually useful. It's a very mixed bag, written perhaps in too pragmatic a style.
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