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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Upgrade notification with Atom

One of the biggest advantage of building a web application over a desktop one is the ease of upgrade and bug fixes. For MindRetrieve I've been looking for a mechanism to notify user for upgrade. At the same time I have to keep the mechanism non-intrusive and respect the user's privacy.

After looking at different mechanisms like CGI and Javascript on browser, it just dawn on me than upgrade notification has a lot in common with news syndication. All I have to do is to publish a news feed and then put a mini-newsreader into the application. Of course the user can always opt out or even choose to fetch it using their own newsreader.

It is a good day to find a satisfactory solution to a nuisance issue.


  • At 6:54 PM, Blogger James Gray said…

    I'd say better then satisfactory. Sounds like a near optimal solution. Use existing technology. You solve the problem without a lot of complication. You allow the user a range of flexibility.


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