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Getting my a** kicked by payment system
Sorry for the late update. For the past few months life had been a series of working till 6am, struggling to get before 11, and stomp on the keyboard for another 15 hours. For many days I thought "Oh I'll write my journal after work", and I ended up sleeping on the couch.

We've been putting a lot of time on the Gaia mobile app, but because we are using a new framework and programming language, progress had been slower than we wanted, and so far we have had the registration flow, main landing page, avatar dress up, item opening, and forum features ready. There are still many other features to work on, but at least we have a base for testing.

A good amount of my time is also spent on maintenance. Gaia today is a system with 22 thousand files and countless lines of code. Maintaining all existing features had been a difficult task as many little problems pops up here and there. I try to catch what I can find on bug report forum and ATS every week, but often other nasty problems just show up unannounced and absolutely put my productivity to an end.

One of such issues is our Paypal payment gateway. We initially implemented this gateway back in 2009, and Paypal had depreciated this old version since 2017. One day the Paypal servers decided to go down for 6 hours, and that was a signal telling us that it's time to upgrade. Though the payment gateway is just part of an integrated system that communicates with the coupon system (bonus item, bonus GC and payment discount), the global discount system, payment tier system, internal reporting system and data validation checks.

What was going to be a 2 day project quickly ballooned into 7 days worth of debugging, testing and bug fixing. One moment I though everything is fixed, out comes a different payment reporting pattern that is undocumented by Paypal and I needed to not only fix the problem, but retroactively grant GC and rewards for any failed transactions.

After a final pull on error reports and bug fixes, the payment system is finally stable. Hope I can get a full night sleep after this. Oh but first I better get my taxes done.

Since tax day is my birthday, delaying my taxes almost feel like an attempt to delay my aging. biggrin I felt like time is at a stand still when I put my head down to work, and I've been leaving many personal goals behind. Work had always been my baby but it's gotten to the point where I seriously need to have a family of my own. I've been living with my fiancé for more than 10 years now, and we're planning to close the knot next year. And if we're lucky, we might have somebody other than Waffles to demand our attention. We still haven't chosen a theme for our wedding yet, what do you think it should be?

PS - I spent a couple of hours setting up the Jabber server for zOMG, but the security settings still need some work. I might need to find an older version of the server at the end.

User Comments: [18]
Kaoru tanuki
Community Member

Tue Apr 02, 2019 @ 11:40pm

God bless you and please get the rest you need and deserve!

Community Member

Tue Apr 02, 2019 @ 11:42pm

Thanks for all your hard work Lanzer! I know it's hard, but try to get a full 8 hours sleep nightly if you can. sweatdrop No one wants you to get an Aneurysm.

Happy future Birthday! And the wedding should be Diedrich themed. Duh.

Jisen Meizuki
Community Member

Wed Apr 03, 2019 @ 12:01am

Thank you for the hard work.

As for the wedding theme, it's really up to you guys as long as you, your fiancee, and your friends and family have a good time to remember.

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Wed Apr 03, 2019 @ 12:05am


Thanks for all your hard work.

Slick Southpaw
Community Member

Wed Apr 03, 2019 @ 12:16am

Thank you for all your hard work!!!

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Wed Apr 03, 2019 @ 12:32am

Thanks for the updates, and your many long hours. I hope you guys find a way to have a nice balance between the sleepless nights of parenthood, and the sleepless nights of coding.

Absolute Vice
Community Member

Wed Apr 03, 2019 @ 05:10am


Make sure you keep maintenance up on yourself as well!

Thanks for all the hard work and I look forward to the future of Gaia!

and there's no wedding like a Gambino wedding.

Jeevas Crow
Community Member

Wed Apr 03, 2019 @ 06:03am

You go dude. Those future plans shine bright. gaia_diamond

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Demonic Citrus Angel
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Wed Apr 03, 2019 @ 10:50pm

Congratulations on finally getting married. Take care of yourself and allow yourself a break. I would say just pick a couple of colors that match the season your getting married in and start building off of that.

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Thu Apr 04, 2019 @ 07:08am

You've been working so crazy hard for us. Thank you so much for your incredible efforts and what you do to restore Gaia. I know there are some negative voices, but most of us are genuinely and fiercely grateful for what you do to care for our home.

I'm happy to receive updates on the app, on the insanity that is the new pay system, and what in particular you're maintaining recently when you do so. And that love for zOMG. <3 It's good to know how problems are broken down, as that lets us explain to other users and calm negative voices.

I hope you've gotten some decent sleep since you posted this entry.
As for weddings...with how many trips you take to Japan, something elegant in a garden would be fitting, wouldn't it?

Community Member

Thu Apr 04, 2019 @ 08:53pm

Thanks for the update, my dude! Both the payment thing update and the life update. Life threw a bunch of health issues my way, so I won't get to take advantage of Paypal payments being fixed for a while crying I'll probably just get a flair for my bro's birthday month or something little. 4laugh

Anyway, I'm glad all is slowing down a bit with that stuff. Please for the love of pantyhose take some breaks. I know people are constantly losing their bananas on this site, but I honestly think it's mostly because they're so sensitive to every little thing after Goldemort still that it's like a random car passing by throwing out a rock at a broken leg. Either that or they're of the crowd that like getting butthurt. Please take care of yourself as well as the site. I super appreciate you busting your hump, but please don't break your back, man.

Congrats on the wedding plans, too! I think simple is good. Too much detail equals too much planning and money. At the end of the day, you're not going to give a flying leap whether you served steak and potatoes or fried chicken and broccoli. As long as the pics are rockin' and the marriage is going well, you got the long end of the stick.

As for theme, idk? Maybe something cute & easy like a silly little song you both like, or two to three colors that mean something in your relationship. Or just your fave color and S.O's?

Bless your efforts on everything!

Community Member

Sun Apr 07, 2019 @ 04:59pm

hi there, since I can't quote you , in the staff annoucements, here ok? =)

Regarding the wish liste. I find it weird how each time I click, the items to be public!, just then to find, they are only viewable to me, on my profile, and yes I saved after doing so! , something wrong with the current profile lay outs? or just the wish list lay out? just curious,

Thanks for your time,

cordially, Queentintin smile

Community Member

Mon Apr 08, 2019 @ 05:41am

Thank you for your hard work!! Please get some rest ;;

Wedding theme... hmm, it should be something important to the both of you! (Like a location, season, colour, or even a video game)

Peter White the Rabbit
Community Member

Tue Apr 09, 2019 @ 02:36pm

Aww, we stan a hardworking admin. Please take a breather once in a while. biggrin

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Wed Apr 10, 2019 @ 01:19am

omggggg I'm so happy for you!! Birthday next week and then a wedding next year?! That's so exciting!! heart

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Thu Apr 11, 2019 @ 06:32pm

thank you for working so hard to keep this site up and upgraded. emotion_brofist

Happy "taxday" Birthday Wishes xd and Congrats on your upcoming nuptials. heart

maybe an outdoor "spring garden party/luau" theme would be amazing. emotion_awesome

little bunnies
Community Member

Sun Jun 09, 2019 @ 06:02am

Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! Good luck with wedding planning! My now husband and I were dating for 7 years before we got married. Now, we’ve got babies on the brain but I still feel like a kid myself so it’s strange to imagine having a kid of my own.

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Tue Aug 13, 2019 @ 10:59pm

Congrats again on the engagement! Perhaps you guys could get a kitten for Waffles to play with. cat_xp

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