New classical music chart launching online today: Classic FM Hall of Fame!
Classical Music Chart
The official classical music chart for 2010, brought to you by Classic FM, launches today!
The public have been voting for their favourite classical music composers and pieces, and the results are now in! Find out which tracks are hot, and which are not, as the results are revealed, one by one, on-air and online over the Easter weekend. It's a multiplatform extravaganza -- exciting stuff! There's a competition to win a Roberts digital radio every hour! The event is sponsored by NS&I (National Savings and Investments) -- a government department offering saving and investment schemes to the general public, which is one of the UK's largest savings and investments providers.
The British public have a reputation for good taste, especially those who listen to Classic FM, the UK's top classical music station -- do you agree with their choices? If not, be sure to vote in next year's poll! When we do this again in 2011, it's likely to be a much more feature-rich website including multimedia, giving you the ability to hear the music and watch videos.
The website is powered by the Microsoft web platform. The beating heart of it is an ASP.NET MVC web application (built by me), deployed on a fairly typical architecture. Yeah, I know, it's a very fast, responsive website; performance doesn't get any better than this on the web. ;)
I probably shouldn't give away too many facts and figures. We're expecting millions of users, and millions of page views this first weekend alone. Fortunately, given the anticipated load, it's deployed on a nice robust infrastructure, comprising several load-balanced IIS web servers and a failover pair of SQL Server 2005 database servers. (Of course, if we anticipated problematic load spikes, we could consider scaling by a cloud-based hosting platform like Azure.)
The whole project was delivered in less than a week by a small, elite in-house team. We adhere to a custom project management style based on Scrum, in an Agile/XP working environment with BDD/TDD. i worked particularly closely with my esteemed colleague, Ash Temple, Head of Commercial Design. We've done some cool stuff together, and there's much more to come, so watch this space... I really enjoyed working on this one, cheers guys!
02 April 2010