[Mono-list] Sites Using Mono

tyler at monkeypox.org tyler at monkeypox.org
Sun Nov 22 20:35:00 EST 2009

On Sun, 22 Nov 2009, Mike Christensen wrote:

> If I'm not mistaken here, I think this thread is basically boiling
> down to a trust issue; OP, please correct me if I'm wrong.
> People /want/ to see some huge site such as ebay or something written
> totally on Mono so they at least know "Hey yes that's possible to do,
> I can commit to that technology for my project and deal with problems
> as they come up.."

If that's the issue, then perhaps the OP should look into the commercial
support that Novell offers for Mono (http://mono-project.com/FAQ:_General#The_Novell_Role_in_the_Mono_Project)

I am aware of one very large site (not naming names, but Facebook is handing
their ass to them) that was on the verge of migrating to a highly optimized
Mono stack before corporate politics submarined the project.

> Mono can be the fastest thing on earth if setup right, but without a
> solid résumé it'll be a hard sell..

I can understand that, but it misses the biggest asset I think Mono as a
framework provides: flexibility. If you develop atop Mono you cna bring in a
large amount of stuff "for free" and then if (god forbid) it's not working out
for you in production you can: 
  * fix it
  * get Novell support to fix it
  * buy licenses from Microsoft and try their stack to see if it fixes it

-R. Tyler Ballance
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> On Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 4:59 PM,  <tyler at monkeypox.org> wrote:
> >
> > On Sun, 22 Nov 2009, sirmak wrote:
> >
> >>
> >> Thank you very much Miguel, I appreciate you so much, but all I found best
> >> were that two single host sites. I was need a mono reference like
> >> monster.com, reddit.com to make a decision for a similar project.
> >
> >
> > As Miguel pointed out, the comparision simply isn't applicable.
> >
> > For example, I run a few small traffic sites on a single host running Lighttpd
> > out in from of Mono.Webserver.FastCGI; most people tend to run mod_mono behind
> > Apache.
> >
> >
> > To be honest, running a large site on Monp is no different than running it on
> > Perl, PHP or Python via mod_perl, mod_php5 or mod_python respectively. Most of
> > my experience is running with Apache/mod_python; Python itself is not the
> > fastest in the world but there are a number of techniques that are commonly used to
> > scale $LANGUAGE behind Apache (load balancers, recycling Apache workers, etc)
> >
> > I honestly think the primary reason to chose Mono for hosting sites is to have
> > better control and insight into the framework powering the site, rather than
> > licensing the stack from you know who.
> >
> > That said, there's a large number of bigger fish to fry (read: data
> > model/layer) that cause scaling issues rather than just the framework/runtime.
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