Well finally I managed to put my bad habits of being a software engineer behind me and open the doors on CDSwap.ws.
As you probably know from my other blog entries, I already have BookSwap.ws and DVDSwap.ws up and running. Naturally I have been seeing how they are used and trying to improve the sites based on that.
Unfortunately I had been holding back CDSwap.ws until I got a number of new features in place and some bugs fixed, well Im pleased to say that I have a number of them sorted out now.
However I still have more stuff to put on the site to improve it further (as with the book and dvd sites!). The decision to have multiple sites each aimed at a specific function has worked well, but really causes problems for configuration management!, the headache or rolling out a new piece of functionality and ensuring it doesnt break anything in the process makes it all very slow to add new bits.
Well anyway, if you have a large CD collection and want to catalogue it so you can check what CDs you have before going and buying the same one again
Or if you want your friends to be able to browse what CDs you have (or vicky verka),
Maybe you have friends that borrow CDs and forget to return them you can let CDSwap.ws manage your loans so you and your friends know whos borrowed what and how long ago
Or just want to buy and sell CDs then please go and take a look around CDSwap.ws Membership if FREE!.
Well I really managed to do it again didnt I, forgetting to add bits to the old blog. I cant believe its been 2 months since I last wrote.
I started this blog to give customers an incite into what I was up to with the various web sites and I had also read that it was a good marketing tool to help promote the web sites, so I guess Im failing miserable with these so far!
Last time I wrote I mentioned a lack of snow here in Cambridge, well as it turns out blogs are more powerful than I ever imagined, the very next day the best covering of snow Ive seen here in the UK for quite some time, it must have been at least an inch thick!!!.
Now Im thinking that if blogs are really this powerfully perhaps its about time I started complaining about my lack of wining lottery tickets! although I guess really not buying a lottery ticket in the first place doesnt help the matter.
Big apologies to all of you how make use of Dollars2Pounds.com (and the other exchange rates sites), the federal reserve who I get the currency feed from kindly changed the data format in the xml file at the beginning of April, how nice!, they didnt even bother to update the URI or anything to keep backwards compatibility, just a new format.
Well after some major stupidity on my behalf (requesting the rates for the next day) I finally managed to update the xml parsing routines to work with the new file format. Its times like that I wish I was using asp.net or PHP5, but for now my servers running PHP4, one day soon Ill be getting a Windows Server 2003 server and getting ASP.NET running for my sites, C#/.NET is a very nice language to write in and really improves developer performance however with the way things are Ill be needing 40hour days and a time machine to even get started with that.
In good news I managed to get some updates to the way each site gets the exchange rates, the way they worked was left over from the days on shared hosting accounts when I couldnt get all the sites to access a single database to store the rates in, thats now fixed and sites like Pounds2Euro.com should be somewhat faster now.
Also, if you use the Bango numbers to access either Dollars2Pounds.com or BookSwap.ws please not that these are no longer supported.