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Ultra-Fast ASP.NET: Build Ultra-Fast and Ultra-Scalable web sites using ASP.NET and SQL Server 2010th Edition

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Rick Kiessig has been doing software design and development for more than 30 years. He is currently an independent software consultant who focuses on architecting and building large-scale websites using .NET and SQL Server. His clients have included companies such as Microsoft, MySpace, Shop.com and the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Before that, he worked at Microsoft for four years, first as an architect and developer in MSN, and later at the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC). His experience at the MTC included leading weekly two to three day long Architectural Design Sessions with some of Microsoft's largest customers, to help them design and improve the architectures of their websites and other software. Before coming to Microsoft, Rick worked as an independent consultant in Silicon Valley for 20+ years. Projects included designing and building a large-scale Java-based Content Management System and architecting systems to deliver web content to millions of Interactive TV subscribers. He has also developed mission-critical real-time software for spacecraft that have flown to Mars several times, to the Moon and to a nearby comet. Rick has been an Internet user and developer since 1974. He moved from California to New Zealand in 2006, where he now resides.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2010 edition (November 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430223839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430223832
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the author's stated goals for this book is "to help remove some of the fog that may be masking the end-to-end vision of the technology and to help you see the beauty and the full potential of ASP.NET and SQL Server." He does an excellent job of doing just that.

We all want our web applications to run lean, clean and fast, but how do we best spend our time doing so? You might ask, "Should I spend more time improving my caching strategies? How should I approach it?" or "Should I spend my time trying to optimize IIS's performance? Where do I begin with that?"

With so many different ways to approach any given problem, you could spend days or weeks learning all the different ways you MIGHT be able to get your desired results. But if you're like me, after a while you just say, "OK, OK, someone please just tell me the best way to approach this for most situations and I'll tweak it for my needs." That's what you get here.

This book is great. It is a collection of best practices, tips and tricks for architecting your web applications to be both ultra-fast AND ultra-scalable. Instead of listing a thousand things you might want to try out to see if it helps, this book just says, "here is a proven approach that works for most situations, most of the time". Thank you! Let's implement it and move on to the next one.

But more than just telling you, "Do this, then do that", this book explains the Why's as you go along. This is invaluable as it is how we actually learn and integrate these things into our understanding of the big picture.

It is clear that the author has deep and intimate knowledge of the subject. His credentials explain why. He began working with the Internet and writing network-oriented software in the 70's.
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This book is simply brilliant, and checking the credentials of the author, a distinguished veteran engineering manager and software architect, one is not suprised in the least. It is one of those special books that pop up now and then - of the kind that would be written by .NET experts such as Juval Lowy or Jeffery Ritcher and a combination of an architectural guru such as Chris Loosley who wrote the now dated but probably best distributed software performance/scalability text ever written High-Performance Client/Server or say Martin Fowler who wrote one of the two quintessential patterns-based software architecture texts, Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture.

The MS Press Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability (Patterns & Practices) is similar in spirit and content to Ultra-Fast ASP.NET, but though still useful, it is quite dated (published 2004, that is before .NET 2.0/ASP.NET 2.0) and also much broader in scope and a bigger tome. In contrast, Ultra Fast targets ASP.NET and is very up-to-date, very readable and practical. By limiting the scope to ASP.NET and MS platforms he was able to comfortably and expertly cover all tiers, from the web front-end through the web/app tier to the data and infrastructure layers. Similar books exist for the LAMP platform (e.g,
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Kiessig has written an excellent book. He discusses numerous techniques that you can implement in your code to squeeze performance and scalability. More importantly, he champions a mindset of viewing coding/architectural decisions through the lens of ultra-fast and ultra-scalable. It never ceases to amaze me how performance and scalability take such a backseat in so many IT departments and software shops. Developers fire up NHibernate without even really analyzing the performance/scalability considerations of that decision. Of course, inevitably, an oh s$%$ moment occurs and all the devs scramble to find a solution. But there usually isn't one, short of scrapping the bloated code base that never should have been developed in the first place.

The only area where I have any disagreement at all with Kiessig is with respect to ORM. Kiessig states quite correctly that the "performance and scalability [of ORM] is usually very poor." (There's an understatment!) Kiessig goes on to say: "in their current form I can't recommend any of them in high-performance sites, in spite of how unpopular that makes me in some circles." This advice is worth the price of the book a hundred times over. It's also interesting to note Kiessig's observation that this view of ORM makes him "unpopular." Of course it does! He's criticized the OO/ORM "religion". OO/design pattern astronauts are more dogmatic than fundamentalist Christians. Calling out their bloated, non-performant coding practices subjects you to their derision. But thoughtful developers must hold firm.

Let's beat this horse just a bit more. Kiessig says that it might make sense to use LINQ/EF in very limited circumstances such as protoyping and small-scale projects. I strongly disagree with this for two reasons.
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