Marko Anastasov wrote this on February 3, 2010

New event explore interface in Plakatt

This video shows the new event explore page on Plakatt that we’ve been working on recently.

It’s probably hard to understand before we make it available in English and you do not speak Serbian, however to sum up, in that big input box you can type in a city, event category or a time defining term such as ‘today’ or ‘tomorrow’. We call these filters. Filters can be combined to form queries that match your interest (except for the those that define a time, which are exclusive). Registered users can save them for later as shortcuts in the dashboard sidebar, handy when you want to quickly check which gigs will be happenning today and which art exhibitions are planned in current month, for example.

As you see the page is making Ajax calls only. However each change to the current filter set updates the URL which can also be accessed directly, and your browser’s Back button still works as it should. We make heavy use of jquery-history to achieve that.

We store each explore query, so that when when you return back to the explore page your last state is restored (guests are tracked by session). This is where we use Tokyo Cabinet (over Tokyo Tyrant in fact), since it is hundreds of times faster than MySQL in write operations. In some of our future posts we’ll highlight how exactly we set up and use our Tyrant instances.

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About Marko Anastasov

Marko co-founded Rendered Text. He’s a programmer with a passion of creating something for other people, coupled with interests in how things work in the society and nature. He is having a great time working across many areas in the company, including product design, helping the engineering teams, empowering users and marketing. He likes to counterbalance it all with running, cycling or a day in the woods.

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