- Simplicity: Database administration is a can of worms. SimpleDB means I don't have to worry about indexing, sharding or scaling.
- Cost: I get to shut down my MySQL server instance, saving $75 / month (hey, every little bit counts.). In addition, I won't have to worry about the costs of launching and managing more servers as Routefriend scales. The SimpleDB costs are negligible.
- Flexibility: SimpleDB is a schema-free database. It is easy to do anything on the fly, including creating and deleting tables ('domains'). This offers some interesting new algorithmic possibilities for Routefriend.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I'm experimenting with migrating our database from MySQL to Amazon's SimpleDB. Why would I wander from the secure confines of such an established technology?
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I've just spent the last two days getting Routefriend to work on IE. In the end, problems I was having were traced to two sources:
- the GLatLng() function from the Google Maps API requires initial latitude, longitude values in IE7.