I have put an entry into the 2015 LODLAM Challenge, a competition for projects doing something with Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, or Museums.
Now my entry just needs people to view it and vote for it!
My entry is for a product called Corbicula, which I mostly wrote a couple of years ago, which I am now updating for release as a web application. It’s probably a month away from its first release, at least, but in the meantime, it’s still possible to VOTE FOR ME by clicking the “like” button.
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I added a useful feature to my web server framework XProc-Z, to allow it to run processes that take a long time – longer than the lifetime of an HTTP request.
Specifically, I had in mind running OAI-PMH harvests, in which a harvester may need to run for hours and make hundreds or thousands of HTTP requests of its own, in order to download a large set of metadata records. But any long running process faces the same issue: if a person makes a request to initiate a long running process, using a web browser, the server can’t afford to wait until the process is complete before it responds, because the user’s HTTP request will time out. Instead, the server needs to return a response to say “process has started…” and then to continue the processing in the background.
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