September 7th–9th 2010 Portland, Oregon

Cox Media Group
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Scaling the World's Largest Django Application

Intermediate / Talk
September 7th 10:30 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Disqus, one of the largest Django applications in the world, will explain how they deal with scaling complexities in a small startup.


There are many benefits to keeping a lightweight stack. At Disqus, keeping the stack thin helps us scale Django to reach over 125 million unique visitors a month with just a small team of engineers. Avoiding complicated software packages until needed reduces unnecessary overhead, and has let us stay nimble, and use new capabilities in Django (i.e., database routing) and other software as they arise. The talk will cover key parts of the architecture and development process at Disqus, including databases (relational and non), queues, automated testing, and continuous deployment.