A week after the release of PgLife, the site
is averaging thirty active users. (I define an active user as an IP address that has viewed the site for at least five minutes
during the past hour.) I consider that a success. Since the release of PgLife, I have increased the content update interval and added an
About page explaining the site’s purpose, which also includes the active user count.
The site uses AJAX, Perl,
Procmail rules, and Apache to collect and deliver dynamic content. Recent
improvements in the Postgres mailing list archive
feature set have made
linking to emails much simpler.
PgLife was my first attempt at a dynamic website, and I learned a few things. First, I learned the value of having an
alert file that can force a browser reload to push fixes and improvements to the browser.
Second, I used the same file to allow pushing of news alerts to users, e.g. 9.3 Beta1.
Third, I learned the importance of controlling browser and server caching and revalidation when using dynamic content.