Recently I discovered a local site, westernrails.com, provides a weekly update on some train movements in the Perth / WA area, in the form of an e-mag / PDF. (I’m a bit of a train geek, but that’s a different post). Unfortunately the site doesn’t offer a feed so as a bit of an exercise I decided to write a little downloader script that would grab the whole list of back-issues.
I recently embarked on a little journey to investigate various methods to improve the performance of a website, in this case a small static placeholder site of mine (might as well put something there) dand.ws. It’s hosted on shared hosting at Dreamhost, on Apache. Why Does Performance Matter? Website performance is known to be one (of many) indicator that Google use to rank sites. This means that if you’re trying to run a business, poor performance is probably costing your money.
Groovy 2.0 has officially been released by Guillaume LaForge today, go get it Guillaume has also written a great intro to the new features over at Infoq here