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Chances are good that you know of at least one website that's been a victim of its own popularity, whether it's been Slashdotted, Farked or Dugg, or it is visited by the Fail Whale too often. InThe Art of Capacity Planning, the chief engineer atFlickr explains how to gauge the capacity of your Web site by observing metrics, analyzing trends, and forecasting appropriately. Though the volume is thin by the standards of today's technical tomes, it is dense with facts and light on hand-holding. After all, someone who can build a popular site in the first place likely already knows how— or knowshow to find out how— to implement the author's suggestions. Of course, every Web site is different, as the author is quick to point out, so what worked at Flickr is presented merely as illustration, not as gospel.

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