New Message: Optimizing blog master article index via cache or other means

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By: Steven Chan (steven.chan at

My corporate Oracle blog hosted by Userland continues to grow at a rate of about 1 post per business day. Giving new readers an entry-point to the historical content is important for this site, so I've built a master index page ( that lists articles by department. I've been using this approach:

Business Intelligence

 {viewNewsItems (50, "Business Intelligence", "* {itemtitle}")}

Configuration Management

 {viewNewsItems (50, "Configuration Management", "* {itemtitle}")}

This works but is slow; not surprising, as there are 19 departments. The page takes up to 25 seconds to build. Is there any way of optimizing this, either with a more-efficient API than viewNewsItem(), or via a caching-based approach, or something else? For obvious reasons, I don't want to have to resort to a manually-built index.


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