Have you ever wondered how largest web apps of world scale, improve performance or maintain their apps? May be you have to come to one or more often through social networks or so. Same happened to me as well. However, I was very much curious to learn more. Thus looked for and compiled a list of case studies I have recently been lucky enough to be able to read through. And obviously, I enjoyed them a lot! I thought to share with my beloved readers so that you might get some more clear pictures as well. However, I would like to call this list an in progress one, as I have intentions to read more and come back here to add them as well. here goes my list of web application case studies!
Being the most popular image sharing mobile app, instagram is doing a great job in maintaining their back-end web application which faces tons of API request load everyday. In a blog post, they explained in details about their server configuration, database, monitoring services etc in-depth. Though its few years old, but definitely a good read for thirsty developer.
If you have idea about streaming app, and given the popularity of spotify, which streams millions of songs everyday around the world, you might get a glance about how insane amount of load it has to handle. In their engineering blog, they explained with a high level overview of their server architecture and infra-structure. Read On!
The most popular question/answer networks on the planet, has an info-graphic styled page explaining their server stack which is behind the secret of their high-performant responsive web application. Though they named the page as ‘performance’, it seemed to me more in the technology stack category.
The popular task management tool, has explained their technology stacks with specifics in details. If you were missing the UI/front end engineering so far a lot, this gonna be a great read for you.
If you are a front end developers, I bet you are a regular visitor of smashingmagazine, a website with extensive and useful front end resources. In their case study blog post, among all those web application case studies that are mentioned on this post so far, they mostly focused on front end performance discussions, which will gonna be your favorite if you are a front end developer.
Who is a developer but haven’t listen of Github? Should be hard to find. Github has a dedicate blog site, mostly about engineering topics. In such a blog post, they discussed how they improved their mysql performance. Don’t miss it!
Symfony is one of the most popular web application framework written in PHP. The team behind this framework explained how they achieved serving billion requests per week.
Hope you enjoyed the list of web application case studies. Though, as I mentioned at first, I will adding other stories as I come along with, if you already have read something that interesting and missing from this post, feel free to share them via comments, I will try my best to add them in the main post as soon as possible! Happy Coding!