ShortStat Shortly

The Setting

The complete rewrite of ShortStat is in a pretty solid alpha state. Before its (limited) beta release I want to make sure that ShortStat isn’t going to hose anyone’s server under a heavy load. Immense speed improvements have been made in user agent recognition (I’ve expanded the list of recognized browsers to include popular search engine crawlers, validators and even a few RSS readers) and in search term parsing but the new version also hits the database a few more times than the original (a side effect of table normalization which serves to keep the overall database size down).

The Request

Link to ShaunInman.com. If you’ve already linked to me, dig up those links and follow them back here. Browse the site a bit (.com/poser/ is the most neglected section—wink-wink). Go to your favorite page and hit refresh a couple of times—don’t go overboard, I’m not asking for a concerted DOS attack—I just want to get some high-traffic data into the system and see how she holds up.

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Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
October 18th, 2004 at 1:18 pm
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027 Comments

001

Eat it, I’m not your monkey.

Author
Jason Santa Maria
Posted
Oct 18th, 2004 9:40 am
002

The ever-so-nice Stan kicks in…

Okay, I hope it works well. I’m a happy user of ShortStat and I believe you can’t fail on your purpose. Keep us updated.

While I’m off to refresh…

Author
Rob Mientjes
Posted
Oct 18th, 2004 9:44 am
003

<laughter variety=\"late 80's, end of the cartoon\">\"that's our Stan!\"</laughter>

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Oct 18th, 2004 9:45 am
004

Haha, who’s the wise guy who tried to download /downloads/shortstat_v4b.zip? Like I’m going to zip it up and put it in my downloads folder before it’s even finished ;D

+1 for trying though.

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Oct 18th, 2004 10:04 am
005

Shaun-

I’ll be your monkey anyday. If you need a beta tester, lemme know. :)

JSM - Stop being such a prude. :)

Jeff

Author
Jeff Croft
Posted
Oct 18th, 2004 11:27 am
006

The irony of this is, or course, that JSM is your 3rd highest monkey - erm, referer.

Love your 404 page btw (couldn’t find your beta shs installation - not that I really tried) oh and I’m not the dude who tried to download the zip before it’s threre.

Can’t wait for the monkey beta!

Author
AkaXakA
Posted
Oct 18th, 2004 12:17 pm
007

Sorry Akaxaka, that was last week. Stan hasn’t been earning very well this week. But you wouldn’t know that since you couldn’t find the beta install ;D

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Oct 18th, 2004 12:43 pm
008

Well you certainly seem to be alive now. I’ve been using Shortstat for some time. Quite happy to beta-test if required.

Author
Stuart
Posted
Oct 18th, 2004 3:58 pm
009

I’d be willing to test it again. I had to take it off before because the database got huge (>100MB) after a short while and the display page slowed to a crawl.

Author
Matt
Posted
Oct 18th, 2004 6:05 pm
010

Yeah, I am looking at the beta now and I am pretty far down in the running. I guess I should write more about Inman… Maybe I will dedicate a whole category to him!

Author
Jason Santa Maria
Posted
Oct 18th, 2004 6:19 pm
011

Just curious who all could receive a copy? A website I’m working on needs a better stats module and I was going to see about intergrating ShortStat into the Postnuke CMS.

Author
Aaron
Posted
Oct 18th, 2004 7:58 pm
012

Thanks to everyone who expressed interest in beta testing but I already have enough victims for the time being. Hmm, I hope none of the victims are reading this…

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Oct 18th, 2004 8:05 pm
013

Ooo! Ooo! Did you integrate my useless little visitor map idea?

Because if you have, I just thought I’d warn you that it looks like world66 is on to me, my map doesn’t seem to want to load any more. They probably got tired of the 100+ requests they get every time someone loads my visitor map.

Author
Paul Griffin
Posted
Oct 20th, 2004 10:58 am
014

Hahaha, no I didn’t. Having considered exactly what you mentioned, I thought better of it! It was fun while it lasted though ;)

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Oct 20th, 2004 11:05 am
015

Mmmm…shortstat…probably the busiest page on my site - and I’m the only one who hits it!

Shaun - “Release the monkies! Fly my pretties, fly!” //monkies all hit the ground with a dull thud. Shaun - “Hmm, better continue the research.”

Author
Andrew Krespanis
Posted
Oct 20th, 2004 2:56 pm
016

OK, I’m going to embarass myself in public now - how about a little mini-tutorial for us “I’ve crammed CSS into my non-programmer’s brain but all this other database/php.mysql bizo is swahili to me” types out there? I’m trying to learn really I am, but I need serious professional help. For this too.

Author
Peter Gifford
Posted
Oct 21st, 2004 3:11 pm
017

Like … errr … what do I put in the ‘database’ field and what protects this file from being downloaded/searched and my username and password found? ~ashamed shuffle~

Author
Peter Gifford
Posted
Oct 21st, 2004 3:15 pm
018

If your looking for a beta tester, i’m in :) Looking forward to the release!

Author
Josh Dura
Posted
Oct 22nd, 2004 10:20 am
019

Id help in testing as well if youre still looking for more testers!

Author
Colin
Posted
Oct 22nd, 2004 3:16 pm
020

I just have to say you’re stats package is all kinds of sweet pie.

Author
Jon
Posted
Oct 25th, 2004 7:25 am
021

I love ShortStat; can’t wait for new ShortStat!

Author
Scott M.
Posted
Oct 25th, 2004 3:01 pm
022

Ditto on the sweetness. Very nice stuff, Shaun.

Author
Nathan Fast
Posted
Oct 26th, 2004 7:18 pm
023

I just downloaded and installed shortstat. I have been thinking about doing it for ages. I can’t beleive I didn’t do it sooner. Now all I have to do is finish the site and write something for people to read. Keep up the good work Mr Inman!

Author
Tom Loudon
Posted
Oct 27th, 2004 11:27 am
024

You can experiment on me/my site any time! How far is the limited alpha? Will there be a public beta any time soon?

Author
Gabriel Mihalache
Posted
Oct 28th, 2004 10:02 am
025

Jon: (butthead laugh) - you said “package”.

Shaun: Looking forward to the new ShortStats

Author
Jina
Posted
Oct 28th, 2004 11:13 am
026

Shaun, fantastic stat counter type thing. I have implemented it on my site and have found it a center of endless enjoyment… considering that my most searched term was “superman panties”… sorry, now people will be searching your site as well… Anyway, I got to thinking the other day about how I could stop recording myself in my shortstat. I thought of many ideas which failed, until suddenly it dawned on me. What if there was e a button on the shortstat page that when pushed would write a cookie in your browser that would ignore you on your site? Probably wouldn’t be too hard to implement either? Again great site!

Author
Funtime Ben
Posted
Nov 7th, 2004 8:57 am
027

Jeebus, that’s a great idea! So much better than doing it by IP—especially when you use more than one computer. Instead of a button I’ll make it a checkbox so you can turn it off for testing purposes. Good call. Superman panties?

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Nov 7th, 2004 9:10 am