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This past weekend I went to PennApps with my good friends and teammates Josh Hofing and Mitchell Gouzenko. We went in with no idea what we were going to make, and came out with something awesome, which is one of the things I love about hackathons.
What did we make?
We set out to solve a problem which hits every web dev now and then. Most of the time when you write a site you don’t expect it to get more than a few concurrent viewers, so you just run it on one server. But occasionally you make something really awesome, and it ends up on the top of Reddit or Hacker News. Suddenly your server is completely overloaded and you’re frantically looking for ways to keep the thousand people at the gate from seeing a slow load time and turning around. You could of course avoid this by running your project on a dozen servers from the start, but that gets expensive.
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