Updates for 09/16/2012 (Maintenance Window)

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I have finally cleared some major hurdles that were delaying the "Massive Migration Project" PHASE II. These hurdles will improve the service in several, key ways.

However, there will be a period of potential downtime, as I roll out the changes tonight, in BETA. In the interest of moving forward quickly, we are not giving much notice; as no changes are required on customer sites. Everything will happen automatically, behind-the-scenes. I will be monitoring and will take action to revert the code, should any issues arise.

Since most requests have always come in as unencoded, there may be an additional delay as the generators rebuild the pre-cache stores. To avoid unnecessary rebuilding BEFORE we actually migrate for PHASE II, I will revert back as soon as I feel confident that the new code will work. This will be a LIVE BETA test.

The benefits to this update (once PHASE II is complete) will be to:

  1. Correct a long-time "bug" caused by an accidental overwrite of code years ago. This update will encode all unencoded requests before storing in the database, which will prevent so many duplicates and will speed up capture/delivery by avoiding duplicate captures (one for encoded vs one for unencoded).
  2. Introduce support for UTF-8 characters and encoding (greatly extending our foreign character support)
  3. Introduce support for International Domain Names (IDN), such as http://homöopathie-altona.de and http://www.großhart.steiermark.at (notice the German umlauts*)
  4. Expand our support of punycode (an alternative for IDN formats)

*Please note that all umlauts should be supported, not just German

I will be making changes from 5:00pm EST (-4:00 GMT) until 2:00am EST (-4:00 GMT).

During that period, you may notice delays or issues. I will be actively working on anything that comes up, so please do not open support tickets during this period, related to new types of errors. Thank you!

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The LIVE BETA has completed successfully.

There was no service impact and no issues. All support, as indicated in the original post, has been confirmed as working properly.

Therefore, we will post another announcement once we are ready to begin BETA TESTING the PHASE II upload functions.

Once that is ready, then we will be ready for PHASE III, which must be launched concurrently with PHASE II. We are hoping to have this project completed within the next 30-45 days, at which time all of these benefits will become available.

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