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Anyone using the new Community Bridge 3?

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  • It was not until today that I found that Jochen cranked out a new NNTP Bridge that uses the REST API in the beginning of the year.

    I downloaded and installed it, got the newsgroup list and subscribed to the forums that I monitor. I then asked about the group counts, and this sparked some activity from the bridge. As I understand it, tbe bridge needs to download information about every post, so it can number them.

    Jochen notes on https://communitybridge3.codeplex.com/ that this can take some time. After a couple of hours, it seemed to have completed one very small forum, and for the rest it was doing the same operations. I open the debug window, and there were crashes galore. I did not check them in details, but at least some seemed to be timeouts.

    Not entirely surprising, as I have noted that getting articles from forums can be quite slow with the old bridge as well, and it is likely that this is a backend problem, so whether it's SOAP or REST does not really matter.

    Anyway, I'm just curious about what everyone else uses. Are you using Bridge 3 and think that works better for you? Or have you like me never heard of it before?


    Erland Sommarskog, SQL Server MVP, esquel@sommarskog.se

    Saturday, November 28, 2015 11:17 PM

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  • >Anyway, I'm just curious about what everyone else uses. Are you using Bridge 3 and think that works better for you?

    I tried it a few weeks ago - around the time that we had the last
    problem with the bridge access to the forums, so initially I wasn't
    sure if the problems I got were due to Bridge 3. Because of those
    problems I reverted back to V1.1.55.0 and have stuck with that.

    Dave

    Sunday, November 29, 2015 10:18 AM
  • I was able to make the initial load for all forums I want to subscribe to. Last night I had it to load all groups at once. This time I was careful to only load one group at a time and this worked.

    Then again, I was also able to access the T-SQL forum from the old bridge with as many as 250 unread articles. Yesterday, I was able to retrieve articles with 35 unread, but not 40 unread. So this does not really prove that one bridge/API is better than the other.

    As for why thing work today, it could be that they have fixed something. It could also be the Sunday lull. Or the improvement could simply be due to that the weekly reindexing job runs on weekends. (It seems likely that the cause for the performance issues are to be found in SQL Server.)

    Sunday, November 29, 2015 7:03 PM
  • Forgot to mention: posting through Bridge3 works, but my newsreader keeps hanging in lieu of an acknowledgement, so it is not the best experience.

    Sunday, November 29, 2015 7:31 PM