Archive for April, 2009|Monthly archive page

Emergency BCaching Patch

As a few of you noticed, all of the sudden today your Pocket Query uploads were failing. I thought I had the PQ issues finally resolved with the last release so you can imagine my reaction. What now!??

Turns out that Groundspeak did a major upgrade to .Net 3.5 and the new XML writer used by the PQ generator produces slightly different XML. It is still VALID XML, just a little different.

The BCaching parsing logic did not handle a couple of those differences, and it wasn’t the only system with problems. Older versions of GSAK, CacheMate, among others were also choking on the new version.

Fortunately, the Groundspeak lackeys are on the ball and quickly churned out a change or two that cleared up some of the issues. But BCaching was just not handling some valid XML syntax correctly so I had to make some changes as well.

There is a thread on the Groundspeak forums if you’re interested.

As for those BCaching PQ uploads that failed earlier today, they have now been processed successfully.

Keep on cachin’… er, bcachin’

BCaching Release 0.4.5

Another bugfix release primarily. There are few visible changes, but some significant behind-the-scenes changes. HOPEFULLY no new bugs were introduced, but please be on the lookout.

Full details are on the forum.

BCaching Statistics Apr’09

There has been a lot of growth at BCaching in the last month.

  • 190 total signups, 67 of which have completed their activation with a “My Finds” pocket query and 48 which have loaded additional pocket queries.
  • 41 users have been active in the past 30 days. That’s almost a 7-times increase from last month! Probably a lot of the growth is related to BlackStar users.
  • 77,869 caches (99% increase)
  • 376,195 cache logs (63% increase)
  • Database size: about 230 MB (77% increase)

Despite the growth, the (new) server response time has been very good. I have yet to see a mobile nearby caches find or filtered find that takes longer than 0.2 seconds and with the migration to the new database server, the timeout errors have disappeared completely.

BCaching Release 0.4.4

Just a small bugfix release.

  • Fixed server error when uploading pocket queries containing new countries or new states
  • Fixed pocket query updates not removing travel bugs from cache inventories
  • Updated waypoint icons with cleaner versions
  • Modified password reset email code to allow for 4 hrs after email was sent instead of 1