Improving Back-End Service Data Collection

University essay from KTH/Skolan för informations- och kommunikationsteknik (ICT); KTH/Skolan för informations- och kommunikationsteknik (ICT)

Abstract: This project was done for a company called Anchr that develops a location based mobile application for listing nearby hangouts in a specified area. For this, they integrate a number of services which they send requests to in order to see if there are any nearby locations listed for these services. One of these services is Meetup, which is an application where users can create social events and gatherings. The problem this project aims to solve is that a large number of requests are sent to Meetup’s service in order to get information about the events, so that they then can be displayed in the application. This is a problem since only a limited number of requests can be sent within a specified time period before the service is locked. This means that Meetup’s service cannot be integrated into the application as it is now implemented, as the feature will become useless if no requests can be sent. The purpose of this project is therefore to find an alternative way of collecting the events from the service without it locking. This would enable the service to be integrated into the application. The hypothesis is that instead of using the current method of sending requests to get events, implement a listener that listens for incoming events from Meetup’s stream, to directly get updates whenever an event is created or updated. The result of the project is that there now exists a system which listens for events instead of repeatedly sending requests. The issue with the locking of the service does not exist anymore since no requests are sent to Meetup’s service.

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