Getting ready to launch TheBigFork

A few months ago, I was planning to have a lunch meeting with my friend, Kenton. We hadn’t decided on a location so I thought I’d try to find a good spot.

Kenton works in Draper. I work in Sandy. In the past, we’ve met up at restaurants just off I-15 at 126th South. Try using the yellow pages or Google to solve the problem. It is a headache. All I wanted was a map of the area with pointers showing where the various restaurants are. Nothing quite works that way.

So, I decided to build it. With help from Sam and Kenton, we should have the site ready for launch this week. Visit www.thebigfork.com to take a look. It isn’t going to create world peace, but I hope others find it useful.

There are 2 concerns I have about it, though.

1. The source of the listings was a little out-dated and incomplete. The site is designed to let users update the core information. I hope users will do it. (The current information is still better than Google local.)

2. Speed. There are almost 500,000 restaurants in the database. There are also tons of tags that have been generated. The database is pretty huge. The site is a little sluggish because of it. I spent time making sure the code is nice and trim, but the database slows it down. I may need to look at getting a beefier server to run mysql.

Other than that, I think the site serves its purpose really well. So, give it a try and let me know what you think.

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