I developed the myNetflix application in mind for easily viewing (not editing) your Netflix queue’s on Facebook so that your friends and others could view your movies and you could easily share them or add them to your queue; now I am hitting a road block because I am trying to advance the application but it will likely need more dedicated power and CPU time than with my shared hosting on engfers.com, which translates to more $$$ for a better hosting plan.
The new myNetflix test application is a lot more robust that the predecessor.
- Better interface
- Links to Add movies that your queue if you wish
- Shows more movie information: rating, mpaa, directors, actors, year, etc
- Shows if a movie is already in your queues
- Better settings/security and help pages
- Shows your history, home, and in queue
- Show part of your queue in your profile
- New backend with expandable framework
- Eventually, will show your friends using myNetflix and their movies
- Eventually, will be able to share movies (like “hey john, check this out!”)
- Eventually, will show stats of all myNetflix users (top movies, top etc…)
Screenshot of queue / movie information
Screenshot of settings page
However, along with all of these features come an increase with processing power and memory.
Now, up to this point, I have been using my own Dreamhost.com shared account space. (I have a few other apps/domains on this account as well)
After running intiail tests with just my own settings, it takes a long time for data to return sometime because someone else on the Dreamhost shared server might be eating up CPU before a myNetflix request can be processed; this lag (plus myNetflix processing lag) can translate to a time too great for Facebook’s standards, and you will see their ugly screen saying “something wrong with app” or whatever.
The dilema I have is that I need more CPU, bandwidth, and memory to handle all users of myNetflix! Once this version goes live, I know more people are going to want to add it because it shows up in your profile finally!
What Do You Think?
Now one of the solutions includes Joyent’s Facebook developer program where they will give free hosting for a year and then you need to start paying for services.
Do you think this application and its new features/direction are worthy of this risk?
How am I going to fund it? Up to this point I have funded it off of my shared plan so it didn’t really impact me monetarily; this will [possibly substantially impact me].
** UPDATE: Netflix let me know they will not help me fund; their advice is to charge for the app which I will never do.