Tomorrow’s a big day for me. It could go very well, and I get a big pat on the back, or it could be a big day to take the heat of an unforgiving contact, lost forever possibly. One chance, pal. Do it right, and you can effectively change careers immediately, otherwise, the road is longer.
It’s a good learning experience, either way. The extra cashish will be nice for the holidays, and it’s a good case study to add to my portfolio. I learned a lot of things along the way with shell scripting, FTP, php configuration, more practice with server setup, mail setup, etc… I also I caught a maaaaajor flaw in our overall site flow dealing with the load balancer, which came to me without previous experience. Just popped into my head. Lucky, huh?
I wrote a load testing script that generates 100,000 records into a mysql database, with 20 fields in the table, and each field is an md5 encryption of the previous field, which is 32 characters… that’s 640,000,000 pseudo random characters … holy snap… and it runs in under a minute.