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Help on how to properly save alot of data and best way to retrieve it

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    leadplayer

    Hello everyone I have been taking courses here on channel 9 for quite awhile now. I feel I am ready as far as knowing enough to get started on a program for me and my studio. What I want to do is input all of my operating systems, games, programs and vst-vsti's(effects and instruments for audio programs). I have  5  large cd books with 4 cd/dvd's per page as well as quite a bit on harddrive (download from places like amazon). It can get very daunting to find exactly what I want when I want .So here is the idea I had, I want to take every piece of software  I have and input it into a program via a gui, when all software is input, I want to be able to retrieve it by the name of the piece of software, I also want to be able to retreive them by type for example  if I want to install a reverb in cubase I can just search my vst list to find a good reverb to install. As well as display what book or directory on my harddrive the software resides. Now I don't expect anyone to explain how to write the actual code as I feel I can get there on my own at this point. The problem I am having is how to store this information. Would using classes work to input and export the software info into access files? Any help on the best way to store this much information would be a huge help. I never had to work with even close to this much data. Thanks in advance. I look forward to becoming a part of this community.

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    lensman

    Why reinvent the wheel?  If I understand your basic needs, you are wanting a program to provide you with a inventory of your computer assets.  You are basically describing a database.  There are dozens of commercial, and some free, programs out there to maintain inventories of lists.


    Yes you could write your own program which provides you with these features but why??

     

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    spivonious

    Get one of the free databases (Oracle Express, SQL Express, MySQL, etc.) and store the data in there. Read up on normal forms and SQL syntax, and you'll be most of the way there. Then, design and develop a user interface for inputting and retrieving the data from the database.

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    JohnAskew
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    leadplayer

    thank you all for the info and you are right @JohnAskew the hardest part is getting started lol. This should be plenty of enough to get me off the ground. I know these programs exist I just needed a project to prove that I not only get the syntax and such but can design and understand how to put everything together and this seemed a good way to do so, while at the same time get good use out of it. Thanks again to all and I will post the program when finished to get your input if anyone is interested.

     

                John Dullebawn

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    JohnAskew

    @leadplayer: Do not hesitate to ask questions here. We are great for that. Thanks!

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    spivonious

    @leadplayer: Good luck John!

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