Ripple Hackathon - Day 2

by Sean Cribbs

It’s the end of day 2 of the Ripple Hackathon. Today was shaped a lot differently than day 1 — we did a lot more heads-down hacking and a lot less discussion and planning. Luckily, this means there were a lot of bugs fixed and features added.

Today’s progress

Myron hacked through a lot of smaller issues:

Nathaniel continued working on associations where the target is found using Riak Search. In the course of his investigation, we discovered bug #867, namely that sorting is applied at the wrong time. This put a halt on moving forward with the pattern.

Duff made headway on the “many” association of a similar type to the “one” using a stored key that was completed yesterday.

Kyle added some awesome conflict resolution logic to Risky and started on a refactoring of the Riak::Client class to support multiple hosts.

I completed some logic for encapsulating the retrying of failed requests automatically and helped Myron with some of the JSON issues. I also discussed with Kyle the plan for splitting the host configuration from the Client object, and how we might implement various strategies for deciding how to multiplex and failover connections.

The larger picture

The items we worked on today contribute toward two of the major goals for Ripple 1.0, stability and usability. Naturally, fixing existing bugs is important work, but we also want to improve the internal semantics of the client so it is more resilient to temporary failures and doesn’t hammer a single node with all of its requests. We want to make the Document modeling have stronger and more diverse patterns so that you can express relationships that have higher cardinalities and less surprising results in production. I believe we made headway on those goals today, and tomorrow has lots of promise as well.


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