In event ticketing, every day is Black Friday. Scalability and stability are the holy grail of ticketing platforms, where tens of thousands of customers vie for scarce resources in real time; even small mistakes can incur huge customer service costs and a social media nightmare. As VP of Engineering at Applauze, I led the engineering team and acted as product owner. We created an industry leading ticketing and analytics platform, selling tickets for hundreds of bands to millions of customers.
Nine billion dollars a year. That is how much Southwest Airlines website pulled in back in 2008 when I was a Senior Developer for ThoughtWorks on a team that completely re-wrote the SWA reservation webapp. We had to scale to handle over 300 bookings per minute. We had to integrate with a dozen backend systems, and we had to get it done in six months.
My current pet project is to re-think and re-implement the classic Oregon Trail game for the modern web.