Omar Roth
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Week 9: Playlists

Published October 8, 2018, tags: invidious, patreon

Migrated from Patreon. Original post here.

Not as much to announce this week, but I'm still quite happy to announce a couple things, namely:

Playback support for playlists has finally been added with 88430a6. You can now view playlists with the &list= query param, as you would on YouTube. You can also view mixes with the mentioned &list=, although they require some extra handling that I would like to add in the coming week, as well as adding playlist looping and shuffle. I think playback support has been a roadblock for more exciting features such as #114, and I look forward to improving the experience.

Comments have had a bit of a cosmetic upgrade with #132, which I think helps better distinguish between Reddit and YouTube comments, as it makes them appear similarly to their respective sites. You can also now switch between YouTube and Reddit comments with a push of a button, which I think is quite an improvement, especially for newer or less popular videos with fewer comments.

I've had a small breakthrough in speeding up users' subscription feeds with PostgreSQL's materialized views. Without going into too much detail, materialized views essentially cache the result of a query, making it possible to run resource-intensive queries once, rather than every time a user visits their feed. In the coming week I hope to push this out to users, and hopefully close #173.

I haven't had as much time to work on the project this week, but I'm quite happy to have added some new features. Have a great week everyone.