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How to design highly scalable webshops

Leveraging client computing power for high performance with many users

May 11, 2020 -

As part of the online food ordering app I'm building, I needed to design a scalable backend infrastructure that could handle lots of concurrent users. Scalability is considered a hard problem to tackle. Often it's presented like it's something magical, done by million dollar companies using secret tools. But, there is no such thing as magic, or is there?

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Ordering food online
Ordering food online
Leveraging a user's device: the user's phone does most of the work originally done by the server
Leveraging a user's device: the user's phone does most of the work originally done by the server
One user interacting with one server
One user interacting with one server
Smartphones (and tablets, PC's) have become more powerful over the years (image: Apple)
Smartphones (and tablets, PC's) have become more powerful over the years (image: Apple)
Separating the remaining server workload: serving products and handling orders
Separating the remaining server workload: serving products and handling orders
Handling lots of traffic through distributed computing
Handling lots of traffic through distributed computing

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