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Scalability Rules: 50 Principles for Scaling Web Sites by Michael T. Fisher, Martin L. Abbott

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5. Don’t Duplicate Your Work

No one wants to do the same thing over and over again, unless perhaps you are a professional musician or athlete. For most of us, repetitious work is mind numbing, boring, and tedious. The people who read this book are probably not folks who find personal fulfillment using a torque wrench to drive in the same five screws over and over again every day. Yet, surprisingly, many of us do some seemingly small tasks over and over again to the detriment of the scalability of our platform. The three rules we discuss in this chapter are the three most common drivers of duplicated work and value defeating requirements that we see in our consulting practice day in and day out. Some of them might strike you as obvious or even ...

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