Monday, October 10, 2005

LastHalo v0.5: Caching

With the rising popularity of LastHalo, the script's request rate (by users' sites) is now hundreds of requests per minute. It can easily reach thousands per minute in a matter of weeks.

With so many requests for LastHalo, that would subsequently request the latest updates from Haloscan's server, Jeevan, the owner of Haloscan, has asked me to implement caching for LastHalo.

With this release of LastHalo, I have implemented caching for LastHalo requests.

What this basically means is that, LastHalo will only request the latest updates from Haloscan server once every 15 minutes. Hence, this would mean that you would not be able to see the last comments immediately. There will be up to 15 minutes of delay for you to see the comments made within the cached period.

With requests rate so high, this would have to be implemented sooner or later. LastHalo would not want to strain Haloscan's server too much with this feature.

Thanks for your understanding.

For existing users, you do not have to do anything on your side. Upgrading of LastHalo script is done automatically from LastHalo's server.

For new users, please refer to the Installation Instructions on how to install LastHalo on your blog.