Two quick updates about the Esoteric Delights Gematria Database:
- It's way faster now.
- I added new database search functionality.
The major improvement is in the responsiveness of the database and queries made of it. For some reason the query response times were insanely slow, taking anywhere from 20-40 seconds (sometimes longer!) to do a simple number lookup. I thought for some reason this was just how it had to be, but as it turns out, that's not true. I've taken some steps to make the hosted database more attentive to the web site's needs, so now it's down to executing and returning the query results in a second or two. Please let me know if you notice extremely long delays in processing your requests. I've wired some alerts into the app to notify me if it's taking too long to server query results, but if you notice anything wacky, drop me a line.
In addition to being able to get English translations of Hebrew words and transliterating English into Hebrew characters, you can now search the text of the English translations that are stored inside the database directly. This is a nice thing to have in conjunction with the translation service. The translations are pretty "straight" in that they are coming from a standard Hebrew-English dictionary. However, since the database contains words from other sources, some of which are more esoteric in nature, this gives you a second way to find things in the database specifically that may not be turned up in a standard dictionary. The new database search shows up as the first panel and is labeled as "SEARCH the Gematria Database for Hebrew Words/Phrases by English Translation..." This search function works more like a search engine and less like a normal database search in that it uses word stemming ("running" would also look for "run" and "ran") and will also look for words in a phrase, not just the word or phrase literally.
I hope you find these features/improvements useful!