Monday, 5 October 2015

the end of runners.no

sitting in a small hotel room, in taipei, taiwan and writing this. well, it doesn't actually matter at all where i am, but the case is that since i am on holidays i have had some time on my hands to think of what to do with runners.no, or the foreneNo engine to be more precise.

my initial plan was to keep developing the service. i have done some progress on version 0.7 (v 0.6 is currently live), but due to other projects the development has been slow. very slow. i have to admit that i have not been too motivated to keep updating the service either. the problem i have been working on has been hard to solve (auto freeing and resizing the temporary tablespace for the rdbms - tech stuff, i know, zzzz...), so it has been more fun doing other tasks.

i could keep the service running as it is today. after all, it is working fine. despite some minimal manual work is needed now and then. though, i do not like manual work, that can be avoided. however, running the service also do cost unnecessary much money. due to the technology platform i chose. i build it on oracle. technology i did love. and technology i wanted to stay updated on. so i looked at this project as a personal investment, as well as it being nice to give a handy service to people.

oracle has recently become the main reason for why i have decided to end the development of foreneNo, and shut down runners.no. to put it short, it was oracle's chief officer's statement from august that made me certain that i do not want anything to do with that company. from mary ann davidson's wiki page:
"In August 2015, Davidson published a blog post criticizing engineers who use static analysis tools to find and report potential vulnerabilities in Oracle software.[5] Articles about her post soon appeared on technology news sites, where comments were extremely critical of its content and tone.[6][7] The post was subsequently removed."

i could re-build the service from scratch, using another back-end technology. but that would take a lot of time. time that i do not see the value in spending. the number of users of runners.no has declined, and has recently been less than 50 per day. sorry, but just not enough for me to spend my spare time on this project.

not the huge number of visitors that i had hoped for.

if you are one of those few final 50 persons that still do use runners.no, i recommend taking a look at for example feedly.com, or other alternatives. with tools like that you can easily create your own tailored list of blogs to follow.

my plan is to shut down runners.no on 15.11.15. because that is such a nice set of numbers.

] update 15.10.06
ok, things are happening. the service runners.no will still most likely close, but the content might very well go on living on another site. so you bloggers out there, keep on writing, and your content might be distributed to a broader audience in the future as well.

] update 15.10.08
i am no more sure that runners.no will close after all. i have found a system, that might be able to replace my own back end software. it is not as good (of course not), but it might do the job. if i can easily switch back end solution, to something free, i might keep on running runners.no.

] update 15.10.16
i have had time to do some initial tests, and researched the process of substituting oracle with alternative back end solutions. so far, tests has been positive. my plan is to start replacing the back next week, and modifying front end code. if everything goes ok, runners.no will keep living, using a simplified foreneNo engine, and a new 3rd party tool.

] update 15.10.25
and tonight i launched version 0.8 of runners.no. the entire back end is replaced. no more oracle. and the service will keep living. yay! go check it out at www.runners.no.




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