One of the things that drives us here at Ning is the belief that freedom – especially in software – wins. When people get a taste of the freedom to change every aspect of the software they use, the genie is out of the bottle. When given the choice, people want the freedom to create, customize, and change things. People want to control their own destiny.
Today we had a database bug that we introduced last night when we were finalizing the release of Ning Version 2. We’ve seen it twice today which in both cases have slowed the networks on Ning down to a crawl. It manifests itself on Ning as people experiencing “hanging” pages.
The short term fix has required us to take Ning offline for an hour each time, once this morning and once tonight.
The irony of this bug is that it has absolutely nothing to do with scalability or the load we’ve seen today.
A few weekends ago, I read an incredibly dry book on platforms called Invisible Engines. Even the name is dry.
They took an amazing topic and made it boring. Platforms are fascinating and shouldn’t be sold short with only academic or technical treatment. While I won’t get a book deal out of it, here’s why I love platforms.
So you’re looking at our whizzy new Ningbar and the new friends list features and all the other fun stuff, and you’re thinking, “Well, that’s all very lovely, but how’s this thing going to help me create and run my Apps? And more importantly, what if I want it to just go away?”