One thing that annoys me about some websites is search functionality, and the lack of relevant results that they return. In theory a search feature is a relatively simple concept, you type a keyword for what you are looking for, and a list of matching results are provided. While this looks pretty simple on the front end, the back-end of search queries is a complicated process.
So at Duxter, our CEO Adam owns a Mac, and on that Mac he has key protectors on his keyboard. However, these key protectors are rainbow coloured, and ever since I discovered them I’ve been making fun of Adam in the form of Unicorn jokes.
So last week I decided I should have a Unicorn cuddly toy mailed to him at the office anonymously and have my Partner in crime (Our CTO Sky) capture the moment on camera. Well today that moment finally arrived and sky was able to capture some pretty awesome pictures of Adam unwrapping his new toy. Upon viewing the pictures I thought “hey, this would make a pretty awesome comic strip!” and took it upon myself to open up Photoshop and proceed to turn the whole event into a comic strip.
This week has been a pretty fun week for me, I’ve solved some major problems and created some fantastic things.
Firstly, if you’re a Duxter user, you will know that we have recently been having outbreaks of epic slowness and sometimes the site not loading at all. Initially when this started happening we concluded that it had something to do with Node (our websockets type server) and its communications with our database server. what we had done at this point was started pooling the database connections in node hoping that it would improve things, and it did, slightly, and for a short time. the improvements we seen were simply false indicators of us finding the solution, when in fact the improvements in performance we seen was simply down to the fact it was late at night (for me) and activity was low on the site.