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FloppyShop Online catalogue - Searchable index

Postby exxos » Tue Oct 06, 2015 1:29 pm

FloppyShop online - ALPHA

Myself and my girlfriend have spend many days in reorganising the floppyshop database into a online searchable one. The entire floppyshop gold series is now online with a searchable database and every file is downloadable.

http://exxoshost.co.uk/atari/PDL/FLOPPYSHOP/index.htm

I had to put captcha in there to stop leechers as there are some GB's of files. I don't know why people leeching the stuff on my site as mostly the ISO's are available on other sites anyway. Anyway, you can search by key word or phrase, or browse the entire section. Keywords are highlighted in the search results. Be warned that the browse section can output a LOT of pages, so if you have a crappy PC it will most probably crash it. In that case, tough :) Search results can be limited to 10 or 50 results anyway.

There are a lot of disk (mostly ST ones) where the info was just one large block of text. But it is separated into separate lines on the Falcon disks. I'm not going to spend time on tidying up the ST info's at least not anytime soon, as there are thousands of files where there can be several or more programs on each floppy, thats a huge undertaking. A lot of text files I had to write scripts to extract the info and sort it out into separate disk chunks. That took a huge amount of time in itself.

I also was planning on having a SQL database for this stuff, but after doing some testing, it was over 10 times faster to do a simple text file read and read in the whole file and parse it than calling a single read on a SQL database. Sometimes SQL was over 100 times slower, probably a slow down in opening up a connection to the database. Anyway, after much faffing about, I just went with plain text files for the database. At least then making changes to text files is easy, and I don't have to write a script to do the changes ;) The timings were done in milliseconds, so either method is fast anyway. But for this particular setup, text file database is a whole lot easier and faster.

The site needs cookies and javascript to work. It works on current browsers. I tried not to use anything to fancy function wise. Strangely there are still a huge amount of hits on my site using FF3 and IE6. I'm not going to start checking stuff on older browsers, lifes to short :)

In anycase, AFAIK there isn't any bugs, but no doubt there will be some somewhere.. If the site screws up unexpectedly, I may be working on the scripts, but probably will be no tweaks until I get some bug reports back from people.

Once the core is stable (It should be now anyway) I may look into putting up other PDL's online in a similar way. I guess it depends if people find the site useful or not.
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Postby lotek_style » Tue Oct 06, 2015 1:33 pm

Nice! Is that basically the same as on the CD-Rom's or is tehre additional stuff?
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Re: FloppyShop Online catalogue - Searchable index

Postby exxos » Tue Oct 06, 2015 1:38 pm

lotek_style wrote:Nice! Is that basically the same as on the CD-Rom's or is tehre additional stuff?


Its just the floppyshop stuff, not sure what "additional stuff" would be ?
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Postby lotek_style » Tue Oct 06, 2015 1:40 pm

Yeah I guess you did't get what I mean :) There are several Floppyshop CD-Rom's out there... but there are often disk numbers missing... so I was wondering if this is a complete collection (=additional stuff) or just the stuff that is already on the CD-ROM's.
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Re: FloppyShop Online catalogue - Searchable index

Postby exxos » Tue Oct 06, 2015 2:00 pm

lotek_style wrote:Yeah I guess you did't get what I mean :) There are several Floppyshop CD-Rom's out there... but there are often disk numbers missing... so I was wondering if this is a complete collection (=additional stuff) or just the stuff that is already on the CD-ROM's.


Its the 7 disk set. I did post about the numbering problems elsewhere on the forum. I think the problem was the catalogue itself was outdated. Some disks where listed in the index which had no files , so those entries were deleted. I don't know why the numbering is the way that it is, for example I think the Utilities section starts at number 28, so I don't know the reason for that. But obviously floppyshop deleted them out for some reason. Possible the master copies were corrupted and were never imaged, :shrug:

There was several disks which were not in the index, but overall, there wasn't that many discrepancies. Mostly it was numbering problems which have all been re-numbered into 4 digits.

The last few in the demo (I think) section did not tally with the index. So about 5 got deleted. It seems floppyshop imaged the whole section, then something went wrong, the next disk was corrupted, then the next few disks were the same copy as the previous one, like they actually forgot to change the floppy but carried on imaging and numbering them. So the last few demos are missing totally from the index as there wasn't a actual image for them.

Probably 10-15 discrepancies overall. Theres a few left over zip files, probably never added to the catalouge. Or added after the CD's were done :shrug: In anycase, its as complete as it can be.
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Re: FloppyShop Online catalogue - Searchable index

Postby catmando » Tue Oct 06, 2015 2:33 pm

You might want to change that 'green' text to something a bit easier on the eyes
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Re: FloppyShop Online catalogue - Searchable index

Postby exxos » Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:03 pm

catmando wrote:You might want to change that 'green' text to something a bit easier on the eyes


yep - Green came about when the script outputted the index file into html format and verified the file was there by marking it green. I should have had the colour as a class, but never thought about it at the time :roll:
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Re: FloppyShop Online catalogue - Searchable index

Postby exxos » Tue Oct 06, 2015 9:02 pm

Well that took longer than I thought. Seems there was a few html "bugs" in the list, which didn't actually show up online, bizarre.

Does anyone know if there was actually a FaST Club CD set ?

I was looking at this http://www.verycomputer.com/10_b5108357c775bf90_1.htm

EDIT1: I found CD1,2,3 on my drive, but might not be complete CD set..
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Re: FloppyShop Online catalogue - Searchable index

Postby STEdawg » Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:19 pm

I've been trying to source a copy of the text file's from the LAPD catalogues, but to no avail. Does anyone still have a copy of any of the LAPD disc catalogues?

P.S. Great work above by the way. :-D

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Re: FloppyShop Online catalogue - Searchable index

Postby exxos » Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:29 am

STEdawg wrote:I've been trying to source a copy of the text file's from the LAPD catalogues, but to no avail. Does anyone still have a copy of any of the LAPD disc catalogues?

P.S. Great work above by the way. :-D


Have a look though this thread http://atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4370. I think I did convert the files into something readable, but was so long ago I can't remember much now. I think someone uploaded a disk version somewhere.
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