Ups and downs today. My install pack woes are still causing frustration. I fear my test server may have become possessed by some supernatural being. On an up note our superstar did a quick spike today to investigate if we could solve the problem of page caching with our home spun MVC architecture. Within an hour he had come up with a solution using cookies to store a pseudo query string. The code is shelved for now but it’s good to know we’ve get at least one option when we need to ramp up the products scalability.
Doing spikes so close to a release may seem strange, but it gives us the possibility of “pulling” in some scalability when we need it rather than “pushing” out some functionality that isn’t currently needed. Extra functionality adds extra complexity and excess complexity slows down our ability to respond to the real needs of the customer.