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The Twelve-Factor App

  1. Codebase: Use VCS (git), one codebase per app. Refactor shared code into libraries.
  2. Dependencies: Declare and isolate dependencies, vendor if necessary.
  3. Config: Use environment variables, do not group them together.
  4. Backing services: Treat them (MySQL, RabbitMQ) as attached resources via config.
  5. Build, release, run: Strict separation between these stages, releases cannot be mutated and are append-only.
  6. Processes: Processes are stateless and share-nothing. Implement sticky sessions using Memcached or Redis.
  7. Port binding: Export services via port binding.
  8. Concurrency: Scale out via the process model horizontally.
  9. Disposability: Fast startup and graceful shutdown using disposable processes.
  10. Dev/prod parity: Keep development, staging, and production as similar as possible, continuous deployment.
  11. Logs: Print unbuffered to stdout and should be captured by the executing environment.
  12. Admin processes: Run admin/management tasks as one-off processes.

Scalability for Dummies

  • Hide servers behing a load balancer.
  • Servers does not store any user related data, store sessions in an external cache.
  • Denormalize and use NoSQL + cache
  • Try to retrieve data from cache and use database on miss.
  • Cache objects (sessions, articles, activity streams, user relations) instead of queries.
  • Async
    • Precomputing (pre-render static html for CDN)
    • Job queues

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