[Clipart] Searching and download graphics (3)
alan at ccnsweb.com
Thu May 17 14:29:26 PDT 2007
Which of your suggestions would be the most efficient and the easiest to
update and maintain?
Greg Bulmash wrote:
> You don't gain any significant efficiency by grepping text files over
> storing the same information within a database. As well, the search
> utility offered on the OCAL site was primarily text based. Though
> they would sometimes display a PNG, more often than not it was just text.
> Additionally, the server load to serve a 50k .gif is the same as to
> serve a 50k text file. Graphics, unless being dynamically generated,
> only eat up bandwidth in the pipe, but don't really tax the server.
> It's the database queries and script processing that are the problem.
> The ways to gain efficiencies there are to pre-make the output of
> certain popular database queries and update them periodically (such as
> a tag cloud that updates every 6 hours instead of updating live), or
> offloading some of the search effort to the client (via a Flash app
> that downloads an XML file and builds its own search index from it) or
> a third party (such as Google).
> - Greg
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