We’re using MongoDB as a storage for our web pages. Because many different background processes are using this database, it’s difficult to find the reason for high CPU or IO load on the server. MongoDB has some built-in tools to investigate the current behavior (like mongotop, mongostat or db.currentOp()), but we missed a single easy-to-use tool, which can be used by every developer and shows statistics over a specific period.
I was asked by Heiko Seeberger to provide some more information about our work at HolidayCheck using Typesafe’s technologies Scala and Akka. As you may know, we came from a classical LAMP (MySQL, PHP) development stack and turned our company into one, which is using Java/Scala at backend and CoffeeScript/Node.js at frontend side. All this within 10 months (taking into account the 1st class of pages gone live end 2012). Not that bad…
HolidayCheck engineering is working on some awesome projects and technologies. This blog is the place where we will write about it.
So tune in, if you want to know how we are solving technical issues, discuss our architecture and system design, see some code samples and checkout our open source efforts.
Some stuff to get you started:
The HolidayCheck idea dates back to 1999 when two guys Markus Schott and Sascha Vasic, frustrated with the lack of authentic information when choosing a hotel, decided to create a website which would give others the opportunity to read real opinions and reviews instead of just catalogue descriptions. They created the first HolidayCheck website as a hobby. In 2004 HolidayCheck was founded as a company in Switzerland. After that HolidayCheck grew even faster and started its first international websites in 2006: www.holidaycheck.com and www.holidaycheck.fr closely followed by Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian and Dutch in 2007. Today HolidayCheck is available in 10 languages.
Each month 20 – 30 million people visit HolidayCheck websites. On HolidayCheck users inform themselves about hotels and destinations with about 10 million user opinions. Information is available on more than 300 thousand hotels and 100 thousand points of interest in the holiday destinations.
HolidayCheck AG headquarters are located in Bottighofen, Switzerland and has three foreign offices in Warsaw, Paris and Moskow. The majority of HolidayCheck is owned by the listed company TOMORROW FOCUS AG, one of the leading digital media companies in Germany. The main shareholder of Tomorrow Focus AG is the publishing company Hubert Burda Media.