New Database Model ZXDB

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Re: New Database Model ZXDB

Post by Einar Saukas » Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:01 pm

A new ZXDB update is available!

It includes lots more bugfixes, updated magazine issues information, and even more hi-res inlays from @pavero.
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Re: New Database Model ZXDB

Post by Einar Saukas » Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:56 pm

One of ZXDB's main goals is to work as a "hub", integrating several Spectrum-related sites. It's a great advantage for these sites, because it increases their popularity. Many SC users end up watching RZX videos on YouTube linked from SC pages, for instance. Users interested in a certain artist or musician frequently visit their ZX-Art link to see what else they have created, and so on. It's also a great advantage for ZXDB itself, because this integration saves the effort to put the entire universe into our database. For instance, we don't need to keep track of all playing tips about games, a direct link to The Tipshop works much better. And most of all, it's a great advantage for all users, because they can simply visit the SC page about a certain title, entity or magazine, to easily find links to almost every related site from there.

However it's not easy to keep integration very up-to-date in case of sites that change frequently. Whenever new content is added to one of these sites, this information can only be added to ZXDB in a future update. Depending on the change, if we are too busy working on other aspects of the archive, it may take a couple months until we have time to make the corresponding changes in ZXDB.

To solve this problem, we are now adopting a new strategy especifically for Daren's RZX Archive and Pavel's Speccy Screenshot Maps. Instead of distributing outdated content from these 2 sites in the standard ZXDB distribution, we are now providing a separate script to import content from each site into ZXDB. The scripts are called "ZXDB_import_rzx.sql" and "ZXDB_import_mapy.sql", they are available here. This way, site owners (and other systems based on ZXDB) can easily update content from these sites into ZXDB themselves, any time they want, without having to wait for a new ZXDB update.

In practice, nothing will change to end-users. We are just increasing flexibility in the process of updating ZXDB, that's all. Also it won't affect the way we work closely with both Daren and Pavel in this integration. In particular, we are continuing our efforts to ensure any missing titles mentioned by either site will get added to ZXDB. As a matter of fact, we have just finished automating the process to identify missing titles, it can be seen at the bottom of this page.
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Re: New Database Model ZXDB

Post by Einar Saukas » Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:08 pm

Einar Saukas wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:56 pm
To solve this problem, we are now adopting a new strategy especifically for Daren's RZX Archive and Pavel's Speccy Screenshot Maps. Instead of distributing outdated content from these 2 sites in the standard ZXDB distribution, we are now providing a separate script to import content from each site into ZXDB. The scripts are called "ZXDB_import_rzx.sql" and "ZXDB_import_mapy.sql", they are available here. This way, site owners (and other systems based on ZXDB) can easily update content from these sites into ZXDB themselves, any time they want, without having to wait for a new ZXDB update.
On second thought, I decided to provide both options.

From now on, every ZXDB release will already contain the latest distribution of RZX Archive and Speccy Screenshot Maps. But the import scripts will also remain available, so if their contents change, they can be updated again without waiting for another ZXDB release.
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Re: New Database Model ZXDB

Post by Einar Saukas » Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:18 pm

A new ZXDB update is now available!

I'm glad to announce that ZXDB is now integrated with World of SAM. Many thanks to Andrew Collier for approving this integration, and @Stefan for adding all information about Sam Coupé titles into ZXDB!

On a more technical side, columns "labels.spot_name" and "labels.spot_comment" were merged into a single column "labels.comments". In practice, this column will indicate when SPOT/SPEX contains a different spelling for certain person or company names (that will need to be validated later).
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Re: New Database Model ZXDB

Post by Einar Saukas » Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:02 am

Another ZXDB update is now available!

This update adds FRED magazine (for the SAM Coupé) to the archive.
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Re: New Database Model ZXDB

Post by 8BitAG » Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:41 am

Einar Saukas wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:18 pm
I'm glad to announce that ZXDB is now integrated with World of SAM. Many thanks to Andrew Collier for approving this integration, and @Stefan for adding all information about Sam Coupé titles into ZXDB!
I've noticed there are SAM games (listed on World of Sam) missing from the archive. Are these something that someone is working on gradually adding or do you consider the import to be complete?
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Re: New Database Model ZXDB

Post by Stefan » Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:07 am

8BitAG wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:41 am
Einar Saukas wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:18 pm
I'm glad to announce that ZXDB is now integrated with World of SAM. Many thanks to Andrew Collier for approving this integration, and @Stefan for adding all information about Sam Coupé titles into ZXDB!
I've noticed there are SAM games (listed on World of Sam) missing from the archive. Are these something that someone is working on gradually adding or do you consider the import to be complete?
I may have missed a few that I had no connection with. Feel free to add them.

I was also thinking about the disk magazines (mainly FRED) - theoretically individual entries per disk could be added similar to what has been done for Outlet.

On another note - how can we get loading / running screens into the database?
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Re: New Database Model ZXDB

Post by Einar Saukas » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:42 am

Yet another ZXDB update is available!

This version contains new titles (thanks @R-Tape!).
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Re: New Database Model ZXDB

Post by Einar Saukas » Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:42 pm

Stefan wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:07 am
8BitAG wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:41 am
I've noticed there are SAM games (listed on World of Sam) missing from the archive. Are these something that someone is working on gradually adding or do you consider the import to be complete?
I may have missed a few that I had no connection with. Feel free to add them.
If either of you is willing to add any of the remaining titles, please let me know. Thank you!!!

There are basically 2 ways to contribute with information about titles. The simplest method is filling this spreadsheet. The other method is running ZX-Ed locally, that will give you a lot more flexibility.

Stefan wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:07 am
I was also thinking about the disk magazines (mainly FRED) - theoretically individual entries per disk could be added similar to what has been done for Outlet.
Awesome!

Stefan wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:07 am
On another note - how can we get loading / running screens into the database?
Please read instructions here. However I don't know if there's a standard format for SAM Coupé screens, I'm contacting @moroz1999 now to ask him about it.
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Re: New Database Model ZXDB

Post by moroz1999 » Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:52 pm

Thanks for contacting! I'll make a separate topic about Sam Coupe formats.
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