Get started with nginx ("engine x"), the high-performance HTTP web server that has quickly and quietly gained popularity among the most highly visited websites on the Internet. With this practical guide, Twitpic cofounder Steve Corona teaches nginx basics through real-world applications, use cases, and lessons he learned when scaling this server to handle 10,000 Twitpic requests per second.
Software developers and systems engineers alike will not only learn the tools necessary to configure and deploy nginx, but will also become familiar with nginx’s ability to route HTTP traffic, serve as a proxy to Rails or PHP applications, and act as a software load balancer.
Steve Corona, Lead Principal Architect at Bigcommerce, was the cofounder and CTO of Twitpic, where he built and scaled the PHP application to serve more than 60 million visitors and 20 billion HTTP Requests. Steve is also the author of Scaling PHP Applications (O’Reilly) and blogs about productivity at http://stevecorona.com.