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4 takeaways from HealthCare.gov launch

Call them glitches or failures, errors or slowdowns, but the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act health exchanges off to a bumpy start. James Turner, writing for O’Reilly Programming, put together a list of what developers can learn from the launch of HealthCare.gov: 

Load testing: Because of the scale of the traffic, developers “need to really bang on the core functionality of the site, and tune the heck out of it.”

Functional design: Developers using JavaScript and AJAX for transitions and requests need to be very tolerant of intermittent failures on the back end.

Validation logic: Keep the client code, server code, error messages and instructions in sync.

User experience: Test, test, test. 

Posted by GCN Staff on Oct 09, 2013 at 1:23 PM


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