Good news, during the last couple of months, our team has worked very hard on a full rewrite of our name lookup engine.
We improved so many great details that we couldn't just put them into one single announcement anymore.
So here is our first improvement, we would like to share with you: Reduced split call failure rate.
Our split API is one of our customers' most used features. However, we understand that it can be very tricky to split a full name into its parts.
With the new API version, we are able to reduce the failure rate of all split calls by about 40%. With the old API version, about 90% of the calls returned the correct result. The new version improves this performance to 94% as internal tests show.
To achieve this improvement, we completely refactored our codebase and developed specific micro-services, which can also be more easily improved in the future.
The advancement also includes improved support for countries where Gender-API.com is already heavily in use, for example Germany or the Netherlands. Names with an affix like "Thomas van der Weijden" are now properly resolved into their consisting parts.