We all benefit from the fact that computing power gets cheaper and cheaper every year. (Can't afford the system you want? Just wait.) And distributed computing can put even more power at your fingertips by spreading the workload across multiple systems. But many of you probably think distributed computing is still out of reach -- that it's either too costly, too complex, or too inflexible. Think again. The open source Gearman service is a straightforward, flexible, and scalable means of distributing discrete tasks around a group of networked machines, and our top feature this week shows you how deploying Gearman across multiple environments can improve your application performance and help reduce your server load. Find out how its unique queuing system enables rich functionality -- from distributing and sharing workloads to enabling interoperability among different language and deployment environments.
Indeed, some technologies don't require any waiting. But how soon can I get my hands on one of these?
Until next week,
John Swanson and the developerWorks editorial team
This week's top features on developerWorks:
- Introduction to PowerHA (AIX and UNIX)
- Speaking UNIX: The Bazaar version control system (AIX and UNIX)
- Cloud computing by government agencies (Industries)
- Accelerate Hibernate and iBATIS applications using pureQuery (Information Management)
- Java technology zone podcast series: Stuart Halloway on Clojure (Java technology)
- Business intelligence on the cheap with Apache Hadoop and Dojo (Web development)
- Test web applications with Selenium Remote Control (Web development)