Scaling SonicLiving's API

The San Francisco PHP Meetup Group
Fri, 5 Jun 2009, 01:30 - 03:30 (Add to calendar) GMT
Palace Hotel , San Francisco, US

This month Gabe & Steve from SonicLiving, a leading concert discovery service, will be discussing: -Making a legacy PHP CodeBase debuggable -Horizontal scaling -International character sets -Performance and scaling methods using memcached and MySQL -Why they're using php

They'll also discuss SonicLiving's new API, who is using it, how their API is driving business development and monetization, and how they aggregate and validate their show data. You'll see some snippets of code, find out about cool shows, and hear first-hand from a self-taught developer and first-time CEO about building a company from the ground up, including securing a partnership with Pandora.


Gabe started building SonicLiving in 2005 as a side project, during his time at Pixar, as he was simultaneously teaching himself how to write code. Gabe and Steve will address the challenges of building and maintaining a website with a minimal budget and a small team, and bringing in developers who could navigate through a self-taught founder's early code that had been written with more thought given to pushing out new features than long-term scalable code quality.


Agenda: 6:30 - 7:00 -- Doors open/general socializing & food 7:00 - 7:15 -- Intro/announcements 7:20 - 8:30 -- Main presentation by Gabe & Steve 8:30 - 9:00 -- Main presentation Q&A 9:00 - 10:00 -- General discussion/Q&A/networking/etc. 10:00ish -- end of group

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