By Darren Atwater | Monday 30 December 2019
As a rule, Tom resents any downtime on ShareProphets, and he hates deliberate downtime the most. Even a scheduled 3am Sunday morning shutdown is enough for put him on a rampage resulting in Tom targeting some otherwise honest, hard-working UK listed company and its sainted shareholders. So, a two day quiet period is an unprecedented Christmas gift from Santa.
ShareProphets, much to my shock, is coming up on seven years old. We started out free, we added tens of thousands of members, we hold hundreds of primary documents, and thousands of podcasts, and, on top of that, we grafted on a paid membership system.
All these things grew organically and out of necessity. And if any of you are in the IT business, you know that the number one thing that programmers want to do is toss everything out and do it again, but this time somehow better. The number two thing that, mainly old, programmers know is that if it is working, by everything that is holy, don't fix it!
Yet, computer languages age and the code written in it may not run in the new version insisted upon by the hosting company, databases become fragmented, podcasts take up valuable space and need homes of their own, and more, and et cetera.
Some of the major work that I did required moving and updating the database - and if stories and comments kept appearing as I did it, I would either break it or just never catch up. So I needed radio silence.
The good news is that this part was done, and the new system is future aligned so I can easily keep new and backup copies aligned.
The bad news is I didn't get half of what I wanted to do done. You won't see any changes at all, yet, as everything was under the bonnet.
In the coming weeks, I'll finish up what I need to do and we'll have ShareProphets up on new foundations and ready for the next seven years. I hope that I will have a few treats for you, too.