Srijan's Diary

Srijan's Diary

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Web developer, dancer, music lover. This is my public diary and I'll keep updating about whats going on in WriterBabu and partly in my life. Keep in touch ...

Male, New Delhi, India

Diary Entries (334)

Jun 29th, 2018 12:14 AM

I will be working on adding images in diary entry next. Although I can't say when it will be done because am not working on WB full time as of now.

Jun 29th, 2018 11:24 AM

Updated fonts for heading and paragraphs. Looks better I think. Last time I had changed the font I didn't get any change to analyse if it's looking good or bad. My MacBook Pro shows any font in good way so will need to check it on a windows system or linux one too.

Jun 28th, 2018 5:58 PM

Cleared the database table user score archive which was touching 5 crore records and it was about 2GB alone. The scores were not getting updated. Now whenever you visit anyone's profile, their score will get updated. The site should now run faster since now the CPU usage for the DB server has gone down from over 100% to little over 2% like what it used to be 5 years ago. Well, can't believe WB has been going on since 6 and a half years. The reason why it's still alive is because I never started it to earn money at the first place. Although at that time it happened that I was not earning anything, when I started it. I tried a lot to make it a commercial success but I failed at that because I was never able to compromise with soul of WB which was writing for the joy of writing and not anything else. It still gives me so much satisfaction when I write here anonymously or in my personal diary. And when I see people who have been here since 5 long years and even from the first year itself I really gives me good feeling for what WB has been. It is a platform with no strings attached. I don't care about the traffic, shares likes or any other KPI which can measure the success of this platform. I just love writing and that's the end of it. There is nothing more than this. Basically writing for me is like getting in touch with myself again when am lost in the world of chaos to keep things together in the real life. It's like meditation. It calms me down when am overwhelmed by some trouble. And when I get lost in the flow it's so much fun. Just pure fun.

Keep writing ... writing is fun ... :)

Mar 08th, 2018 10:36 AM

Removed all ads from all pages. I had to do this since long but was in impression that it will require a code change and hence was procrastinating but I had totally forgotten that I made it configurable from DB. So it was just a 30 seconds change and all ads gone.

Jan 31th, 2018 00:25 AM

I need to replan the notifications architecture of WriterBabu. It has been down since long and the reason am not doing a simple restart is that it will send out loads of emails to all users.

I need to rethink the system of score calculations and notifications which till sometime back was a realtime thing. It was no doubt very efficient as it used least resources and was able to keep off the backlog. The only bad thing about it was that it used too many different technologies. It is a mamoth system with dependency on Neo4j graph databsed, Redis, Mongo, Beanstalk, PHP, Apache, Mysql and to keep everything working SupervisorD. That too many things.

So how it works is that whenever an action happens like a poll is taken it calls the events API to raise an event which then creates a log in Mongo and at the same time adds a job in Beanstalk. Then the PHP worker scripts which listen to this beanstalk tube finds out the subsequent chain actions from the relations-graph that is stored in Neo4j. All the actions are then added independently into another beanstalk tube from where the execution worker scripts pic their respective jobs and execute them. An example of such job is sending an email to user or score calculation.

This system was built at the time when WriterBabu users were increasing and there was a lot of activity on the site. It was designed to handle a few million monthly active users. It never happened but the system is still there.

Now I want to redo the system because the server it was running on is so outdated that no update is possible. And migrating this system to a new server means that I will have to configure each and everything again. Which am not going to do. I need a solution which reuires least setup and is easy to migrate and move around. I think I will go with nodejs this time as it has the best dependency management and is just one thing to install and maintain. And biggest thing is that it's async by default.

First of all I need to maintain a map of relation between triggers and subsequent actions. Like a poll will have its subsequent actions as following:
1. score calculation for user giving the poll
2. score calculation for user who is the author of that post
3. sending out a notification to the author about the poll if author is not online
4. Calculate and see if the user is elegible for any new badges
5. calculate and see if the author is elegible for any new badges

Earlier I had built a dashboard where one can map activities and actions but I think it's not necessary in the new system as it can be stored in json format in a simple file. That can can be used to build a dashboard if needed. At max it will be few json files nothing more than that.

Once that is done the system can be itself simplified to handle just events and raising subsequent events and execution will be decoupled by making the execution through API calls. I mean in place of executor scripts embeded in the system itself the executors can just call apis which execute it. So no code and logic in this new system.

Infact I did something very similar for one of my open source projects that is called Amoeba. I wrote it in a single day and it's been used in Times Internet for sending push notifications. It sends out about 10000 push notifications in less than 10 seconds. So this new system will be even better than that. I should start work on that now.

Jan 2nd, 2018 7:46 PM

Happy New Year WriterBabus :D

I visit WB almost everyday but mostly for my personal diary. This is a new special entry in my public diary.

A lot has changed since my last diary entry. I left my job at Times Internet Limited and moved to my home town to do something for people here. Now am a free soul with some randomness in my mind trying to find some focus in life. Let's see where life take me from here.

Keep writing ... writing is fun ... :)

Mar 1st, 2017 08:38 AM

Finally after so many small tweaks the spam posts have stopped (almost). It was really frustrating. Although I did not gave too much time improving WriterBabu over the last year but whatever I did was for spam prevention.

I had been working on with Mom and Saumya since last few months. I recently learned react js and have built a small website for sharing my travel photos. Will make it live soon.

Sep 23th, 2016 06:58 AM

A lot of old pages has been updated to be in sync with rest of the site and be responsive. The book section has been updated too except for the book reading part which will be updated soon.

The big news is :Book publishing has been made free.

Keep writing ... writing is fun ... :)

Sep 20th, 2016 02:07 AM

So after a long time and a big change. The cover images has a new shape and they are bigger in size. Although it looks like the old images are bigger as of now., but they are not, they are just stretched.

Now it's easier to insert images in between the post and easier to do some basic text styling like bold italic and bullet points etc. Also you can quote a text, it will appear as highlighted. Please read my post "An Evening In Paris" for more.

keep writing ... writing is fun ... :)

Jun 23th, 2016 07:09 AM

Have enabled ads on diary page and the post page. Need some source of income to support WriterBabu. The thing is that impressions don't make money. Only clicks will. Lets see.

Jun 21th, 2016 00:41 AM

Lots of changes are being made on day to day basis since last few weeks in WriterBabu. Small small changes to improve the site speed were made last to last week. Tonight I updated the diary card in feed. Earlier the card only had the diary cover image and name of the diary, but now it will show a line or two of the last diary entry.

Also the personal diaries will not appear in feed going forward.

Jun 12th, 2016 11:48 AM

Made live the new home page look. Also added a writing form on home page to make it easier to access. The writing flow has also been upgraded and is now more clean and easy to understand.

Please try out the new writing form and give me feedback. In the meanwhile am testing for any bugs in the new deployment.

Jun 10th, 2016 00:05 AM

Diary page will now show last 20 entries and there is a load more button which will help in loading more entries ... this change is done to increase the page load speed. Loading 100s n 100s of entries at once may take time while loading over slower network or on mobile.

Nov 25th, 2015 5:36 PM

Last one month went by just like that. No much progress. Was busy at office and home. There is no update on WriterBabu but still wanted to make this diary entry. Made a very long diary entry in my personal diary just now, feeling motivated again. It has been a struggle within to bounce back and work on WB since last one year with so much happening in my personal life.

Next big target is to release the next version of android app.

Sep 13th, 2015 9:48 PM

Updated the search page today. Also fixed a bug with custom poll.

Apart from that working on the android app currently.

Sep 06th, 2015 8:41 PM

Redesigned the navigation header today. The different sections are now easier to reach. The last update in which all the links were taken in a dropdown was a big mistake. No doubt the number pages viewed per visit dropped after that change.

Also few bugs were fixed in today's update. One of the bug was that earlier you could not "Ignore" a friend request. The notifications are no longer available in a drop down form. Which I think is a better user experience on mobile. But will need to make it available in drop down only for desktop. Feedback please for this.

Keep writing ... writing is fun ... :)

Sep 04th, 2015 02:57 AM

The login page has been replaced by a new and responsive login and signup pages. The new ones will open up just fine on mobile as well. Earlier it was a pain to log in on mobile.

Aug 30th, 2015 10:10 PM

It has been really long since I last made a diary entry. So the news is that Writerbabu Android app is now available on playstore. :)

This very first version allows you to read and take poll on posts and read diaries. There is no option to write. That option will be added later. Currently there is no author profile as well.

So the plan is to introduce the following in the next few releases spanning over few months:
- notifications
- comments
- author profile
- diary writing
- post writing
- settings
- pen names

I may have missed something important in the above list just remind me of that you think of something. Books will be introduced next year later.

So guys just install the app and give your feedback.

Happy reading ... :)

Jul 06th, 2015 00:24 AM

Had to work on the Android app this weekend but ended up changing the UI of post page. The new design is aimed primarily to enhance readability of the content. One should not strain in order to read.

The new design is also aimed at bringing up more important features like bookmark and poll and making them important. The design is infused with more breathing space.

Let me know your feedback about the change. Keep writing ... writing is fun ... :)

May 18th, 2015 00:45 AM

This weekend was spent thinking on how to improve the poll feature while implementing it on the android app. Since app will be the limited version of the website only the most important and the core features which are most important will be there. Poll and comment are the ones which qualify for that. Working on them currently.

If you want to have a sneak peek into the app let me know, will send you the app to test.

In the meanwhile keep writing ... :)

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