Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Rails RegExp Fragment Expiration caches various bits of tournament data (including the brackets) as files. To avoid showing stale data, various events expire these fragments. In Rails, expiring fragments is done by either passing a unique identifier (for 1 fragment), or passing a regular expression (for multiple fragments).

Here's the catch with the regexps: ALL fragment paths pass through the regexp, even if the regexp specifies a directory path (e.g. /tournaments/592/.*). So, imagine a system with several thousands of fragments in roughly a thousand subdirectories. Now, expire fragments using a regexp every second or so. :-(

Needless to say, Challonge's server is much happier now with the regexp fragment expirations removed.

If you've managed a tournament with us before, you'll notice that adding/removing participants is now incredibly faster than before.

Friday, November 5, 2010

User Interface Update - Stage 1

The first stage of UI updates has been applied to Tab controls were polished a bit, and various updates were made throughout to improve usability (language, layout, help bubbles). I'll probably jump back into multi-stage tournament development before returning to the UI, though the home page is in dire need of some marketing material (screen shots, extended feature list, etc.).

Here are a few before-and-after shots of the tab controls: