Christa Stelzmuller, Chief Data Architect at MySpace.com, spoke Wednesday night to the San Francisco SQL Server User Group about the MySpace Service Broker. Last summer, Christa spoke to the Silicon Valley SQL Server User Group about the MySpace Data Architecture. MySpace is an amazing example of what can be done with SQL Server.
Christa formerly worked at Yahoo where she was an Engineering Manager and a Data Architect for the Yahoo Music Team. She specializes in very large databases wtih high volumes of transactions.
Christa started her presentation with a description of Service Broker, and the challenges they faced creating it. Service Broker is a message queue that is integrated into the service engine. She then covered basic features, advanced features, and the major use cases. She concluded with a roadmap of their continuing development plans, and some fun examples of how their developers have sometimes used Service Broker to solve their problems in somewhat misguided ways. At MySpace SQL Server has solved many software challenges.