Regardless of your personal feelings toward Internet porn, the sysadmins overseeing adult websites know a thing or two about scripting and scalability. For example, keep your database clean, embrace open source for as many commodity components as possible, and only use the latest technology if it adds actual value to your site, not just for the sake of using it.
Love it or loathe it, there's no arguing that the adult entertainment industry has been at the forefront of technology throughout the growth of the Internet. The adult industry operates on a shoestring and has figured out how to deploy secure and scalable sites on the cheap. We'll take a cue from the system administrators of smut to get five easy lessons on managing uptime, security and lowering TCO (total cost of ownership) -- and all with a G rating.
Read more on Porn's Lessons on the Plentiful Possibilities of Perl and PHP, by ActiveState's Director, Engineering, Jeff Hobbs.