It’s been a busy week with a bunch of updates for Booko. Check it:
Major new feature for Booko released tonight as a beta feature – we now search Fishpond, Amazon.com & Amazon.co.uk for DVDs and grab pricing from 6 stores. This will be expanded as things settle down. You can search by Title or by EAN/UPC (like ISBN for books). There’s plenty of work to be done to make this better, but the basics are now in place. If you find any errors or weird behaviour, have some questions or just want to say hi, send me some email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment below.
Booko is caching more agressively with Memcached. It now remembers your search query between clicks and keeps the search field populated. Search results are cached for 5 minutes currently – this means if you search for the same query, for the same type of item (Books or DVDs) the resutls will be available instantly. Additionally, currency conversion rate information is now cached for an hour. I had assumed my conversion library did this already but apparently not – this has sped Booko up significantly, and the cart especially is much snappier.
Another Store + Updates
I’ve added another store to Booko – Amazon.ca bringing us to a total of 31 stores for books, and 6 for DVDs. Finally I can say “Searches more than 30 online stores!” 😉 In addition, query timeout are now set on all stores. During the last few weeks there have been a couple of online stores go offline – this would leave Booko waiting for far too long for responses, slowing the site down significantly.