snydeq writes: "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister suggests that even wildly successful organizations like Facebook shouldn't be afraid of starting from scratch when it comes to their code, in light of recent comments by Michael Stonebraker that Facebook's complex MySQL installation has become 'a fate worse than death.' 'At the early phases of a Web project, developer efficiency is often even more important than the efficiency of your infrastructure. The longer it takes to bring a site to market, the more opportunity competitors have to outflank you. When your budget is modest, it makes sense to choose tools that allow the smallest staff possible to get the most done in the least amount of time,' McAllister writes, adding that 'investing in Web infrastructure is not the same as investing in steel and concrete. Building Web applications is a business that's intrinsically more agile and flexible than building real-world objects, which is a big part of what makes it such an exciting business to be in. So why not act like it?'"