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From Christopher Schultz <>
Subject Re: [Seriously OT] Help in diagnosing server unresponsiveness
Date Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:01:32 GMT
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On 2/6/13 10:26 AM, Jeffrey Janner wrote:
>> -----Original Message----- From: Christopher Schultz
>> [] Sent: Tuesday, February 05,
>> 2013 4:59 PM To: Tomcat Users List Subject: Re: [Seriously OT]
>> Help in diagnosing server unresponsiveness
>> IMO, developer performance trumps runtime performance most of the
>> time. So, if you can create a more maintainable system in less
>> time by using EJB (or whatever), then you go ahead and do it:
>> servers are cheap, while developer time is expensive.
>> - -chris
> Chris, I'd like to differ with you on this last point. As someone 
> who's been a developer, support person, and admin, I've got a
> pretty good perspective on this subject. While servers may be
> cheap, they will never be cheap enough to overcome poor programming
> practices. I've worked with systems so poorly designed that we
> couldn't purchase a system big enough to run the software
> adequately, once you got above a handful of users. Yes, it's gotten
> to the point where systems are much cheaper than they used to be,
> while developer salaries are only increasing (supposedly), so
> wasting time on some minor performance improvement may not be
> cost-effective. However, when you aggregate the time that hundreds
> of users spend waiting on a response from a poorly designed,
> unresponsive system, I think you'll find that it trumps the cost of
> having the developer spending a few extra minutes to "get it right
> the first time".

How about "servers are a lot cheaper than competent software
developers"? ;)

- -chris
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