Update 2015-08-11: The new version is coming along nicely, file lists are almost complete

So the past weeks I’ve rewritten the entire website from PHP to Spring Boot. There are a few reasons behind this decision:

  1. I’m way better at Java than PHP, this means I can speed up development quite a lot by working in my favorite language. I initially made it in PHP because I wanted to get better at it, but it quickly grew into a big mess.
  2. Using Java gives me a lot more control over the system that the application is running on, like easier managing of the thousands of files this site is going to host.
  3. More control over the web protocols the site uses, easy configuration of HTTP headers or maybe Websocket connections.
  4. Creating a REST API using Spring Boot is about as easy as banging rocks together, I already have a fully functioning API, just need to write some docs for it.

Here is another preview of the possibilities using file lists on PixelDrain: http://pixeldra.in/u/TNfcUQ. I downloaded all episodes of my favorite podcast and dragged them into the PixelDrain home page and BAM, I had an autoplaying playlist to listen to while programming.

Also, as a tribute to PixelDrain being able to play WebM files, here’s something I made: http://pixeldra.in/u/j2tsIN

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Update 2015-08-11: The new version is coming along nicely, file lists are almost complete

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