Building a Highly Scalable, Open Source, Twitter Clone

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What would you do if you were tasked with building a Twitter clone which was highly scalable, made from open source components and deployed in this infamous thing we call the cloud? Join this intrepid presenter, who being all too ingrained with the concepts of RDMBSs, dips his feet in the world of non-relational databases, becomes fuddled with map-reduce, scrambles to come up with a way to test that his application won’t be pulled down by the masses, and figures out how exactly to push out an application to a mass of servers using open source components.

Dan Diephouse


Mr. Diephouse is a open source software geek who works as software architect at MuleSource, the company behind the open source Mule integration framework. Here he is focused on building open source web services solutions and MuleSource’s SOA governance platform, Galaxy. In addition to his work on Mule and Galaxy, he is a co-founder of the web services framework Apache CXF, a founder of several other projects including XFire, SXC, and Jettison, and participates in several others whenever possible.

Paul Brown

Multifarious, Inc

As an Internet user since the days when needing four digits to number RFCs was inconceivable, Paul Brown originally scoffed at consumer uses for the Internet (pet food, snort), but he’s come around since people seem willing to pay him to help them do it. In addition to being a polymath (at least in states where it is legal), he has a healthy interest in distributed hashtables and other recently rediscovered forms of highly scalable storage.

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Evan Prodromou
07/15/2009 12:36pm PDT

As someone who’s built a large Twitter clone, I can’t wait to hear this.

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