Friday, April 29, 2005


Cross Our Fingers.

This is just a placeholder post! We totally promise to update this development blog to tell you about the neat things we are working on.

Update 05/05/05 Remember all that cool stuff I told you we were working on? Well, instead of building neat new feature sets and funny blinking text buttons, we've spent the last week improving what we do best: Collecting Away Messages.

BuddyGopher is now doing manual Away Message checks for all buddies in the system at a rate of once every hour. Even though BuddyGopher is built on the real-time presence awareness of live instant messaging, the occasional away message has been known to slip through our cracks. Usually this is due to users who change their Away Message without clicking the "I'm Back" button in AIM. It should never take more than five seconds for a new away message to appear in our database, but in the event that our records are innacurate, BuddyGopher will now catch the error within sixty minutes.

So we will continue to focus our BuddyGopher development efforts on building scalable and reliable server software that crawls and archives public user data on the AOL Instant Messenger network. Less fluff, more buff.

If you have BerkeleyDB and/or memcached experience, we'd love to get some outside advice on server architecture! Please contact us today.

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