Author: Ben Clark

Ben Clark is the Chief Architect of Wayfair. You can follow him on Twitter @clarkjacker.

Better three-word searches with SOLR

We use the Apache SOLR search platform behind the scenes at Wayfair.  Sometimes, when vanilla SOLR doesn’t quite do what we want, we improve it for our purposes. When we suspect that others might have the same purposes, and we think that we have solved… Read more

Webops for Python, part 2: the how-to

In part 1 of this 2-part series we used a comic strip to depict Python programmers and web operations folk working together to figure out how to deploy some scientific computing to an e-commerce site.  Joking aside, let’s describe exactly what were were trying to accomplish, and how we… Read…

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The little program that could

It started as a proof of concept prototype in the fall of 2010. The idea came from a meeting where we were discussing the porting of our storefront codebase from classic ASP to PHP. One of the discussion points was how to avoid simply porting the same logic from one……

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The 24-Hour News Cycle

A few weeks ago, we celebrated Inc! Magazine’s great cover story about us, including an internal poll of our favorite item from the photo shoot (results: tie between the purple dragon and giant giraffe).  Unbeknownst to us, however, the story was later picked up by Yahoo!’s news feed on… Read…

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