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Free vs Paid? Does the XMLRPC interface care? [Jan. 24th, 2003|04:13 pm]
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Does anyone know? I'd think that it does to some degree, but that for most purposes, it'd be of minimal impact. It doesn't make sense to read a journal via XMLRPC for most users, so it's mostly about posting an entry.

Am I not thinking about this correctly?
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[User Picture]From: benzado
2003-01-24 10:33 am (UTC)
That is confusing.

Are you saying that free users should have to use the flat interface?
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[User Picture]From: surfal666
2003-01-24 10:56 am (UTC)

Certainly not.

What I'm saying is that the performance difference between free and paid for XMLRPC is likely to be minimal or non-existent, as the work of posting an entry is largely DB writes. (at least, it should be largely DB writes - brad knows what he is doing so I'm postulating a sane backend.)

I'm just wondering if someone with more knowledge of the system than I can confirm, deny, or explain why I'm totally offbase with this.
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[User Picture]From: benzado
2003-01-24 11:33 am (UTC)

Re: Certainly not.

I am just speculating, but...

From the perspective of a user, having a paid account should make some difference because the HTTP requests will go through the fast servers. Whether this will be noticable depends on the length of the entry.

From the perspective of the server, yes, the bulk of the work is consumed by the DB write which happens in either case.

I don't understand the point. Are you debating whether a paid account is worth it? Are you thinking of some kind of optimization? From what angle are you approaching this situation?
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[User Picture]From: xb95
2003-01-24 05:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Certainly not.

Free accounts being used in clients still go to the non-paid webslaves. Consequently they're slower. The web site just uses the client interface itself, so if you thin about it, it makes sense.
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