Back in June, I announced some new supporters for the Deacon Project - The generous folks at Attendit.se, a telecom and IT solutions provider located in Stockholm, offered their support for the Deacon project. One specific offer they made? A virtual server in their cluster. As of yesterday, that server is online and available - and in short order I'll be provisioning it with Meteor software and our test channel scripts. Considering our current test server is an aging Dell Poweredge sitting on my rather-unreliable residential Internet connection, powered by my occasionally-problematic power utility, moving to this server will offer a big improvement in reliability and consistency. Once we're settled in, I'm also looking forward to working with the Attendit folks to perform some load and scalability testing.
But wait! There's more! Not only is the Deacon Project's server moving, but the library itself has made a move - into the Android Market! Android developer Cyrille Colin has released - as a companion to an article he wrote for a French open-source magazine - the app ZnagPush. This application uses a modified version of Deacon - which Cyrille plans to contribute back to the project - to deliver notifications and updates from Nagios server monitoring software to Android devices. Cyrille's updates included improvements to the reliability of message delivery, as well as the use of a SSL connection to the Meteor server for enhanced security. If you want an early look at some of Cyrille's code, you can find it on his GitHub fork of Deacon's repository.