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February 2018

CD-Index: My media cataloging solution

Added by 4 years ago

I have a huge media collection, that I created many years ago. Eventually, in some time I got need to find several files by their names. After unsuccessful checking tens of my CDs I realized, that it was too complicated to do that simple task as my media collection was just too big. In this way, I came to the conclusion, that I needed a media cataloging tool.

I tried many ready solutions, but none of them appeared to be good enough for me to use. The biggest problem with them was the search – it was just damn too slow. And, it was so slow becauses they used plain text files, e.g., in XML format, to store the file structure information. It looked like they loaded those big text files, parsed them and then made the search. And they did that for each media. So eventually, I realized, that I had to implement my own solution.

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Adding GitHub mirror for SVN repository

Added by 4 years ago

I store code of my projects in Subversion repositories on this server (on which this website is hosted). I thought about switching to GitHub, but I don’t like the idea, that the main code repository of my project would be stored on a third-party server. Not sure why. Also, I didn’t want to lose the ability to count downloads and checkouts (I use these data to determine popularity of projects), but I have already lost this, as many my projects got forks. Anyway, the reason is not such important for this article, as you can have own reasons for the same.

GitHub is the most popular project hosting service nowadays. Due to this many developers, who want to make some changes to my projects, upload their forks to this service. Actually, these projects include not only my code – if someone submits a patch, which fixes some issue or implements some feature and which is good enough (in my opinion), I usually merge it (making a note in CREDITS file). Forks on GitHub can have such changes too, but, because they are not linked to the original projects in any way, I often do not know about their existence. So, to include such changes I need to search for forks (what I did recently). Needless to say, that this would be much easier – in particular due to GitHub’s social networking capabilities – if these forks were linked to my projects. But for this, I would need to host my code repositories on GitHub.

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