IT Hare on Soft.ware

Disclosure: On this site you won’t find specific advice on “how to call function xyz()”. Interpreting C++ ARM and #pragma dwim is also out of scope.

We’re treating our readers as intelligent beings who can use Google and/or StackOverflow, where all such specific questions were answered more than once.

What you will find is opinions, more opinions, and even more opinions on all the aspects of software development - and with a large chunk of them based on real-world experience too.

Your mileage may vary. Batteries not included.


Configuring Hardware for MOG. Part I (Switches, Firewalls, Game Servers)

Quote: “beware: “there are distros beyond the RedHat/Debian dichotomy – but if you’re reading this section looking for my advice on it – most likely you still have too little experience running Linux to look in that direction”
Another Quote: “every time I disable Active Directory Service from a production server – I feel as a doctor who successfully removed a cancer tumor from a patient”

Ultra-fast Serialization of C++ Objects

Quote: “in both these cases we can be 100% sure that we’ll be deserializing this state on the executable which is identical to the executable which serialized the state.”
Another Quote: “Even when comparing with home-grown code with per-field serialization, our Ultra-Fast Serialization still wins (up to 1.5x-2x) “

Server-Side Hardware for MOGs

Quote: “beware: “being able to handle 1Gbit/s in general”, and “being able to handle 1Gbit/s in 60-byte packets” are often two very different things”
Another Quote: “any heavily-writing DB is going to be quite sensitive to the latency of writing to the database log”

Deterministic Components for Interactive Distributed Systems – with Transcript

The following are slides and a transcript of my talk on ACCU2017 conference in Bristol, UK. Good afternoon everybody. Thanks for coming, and I hope that during this talk I will be able to tell a thing or three which might be of interest. As it is said on the tin, I am determined to speak […]

Services Provided: Co-Location vs Rented/Dedicated Servers vs Cloud

Quote: “in general – I suggest to have your first few servers rented, and think about scaling your load (including using cloud servers) while you’re running your playtesting/public beta/etc.”
Another Quote: “most likely to rent just the space in the datacenter is going to be more expensive that renting space plus servers-in-that-space. Don’t ask me why it is the case – but it usually is”