Second Looks

Regular readers might be hampering for a technical post soon – and you won’t be disappointed.  I’ve got the next SDS article (binary data) as well as another few in a series on the ADO Entity Framework (stay tuned for those ones), but I’m going to take the time to do a quick overview of a personal project I’ve been working on.

I’ve wanted to put together a project (web site) using semi-production standards using SQL Server 2008, .Net 3.5 (SP 1) and the ADO Entity Framework (about a week ago my VPS was upgraded to meet these specs!). 

Last month I did a new back end (CMS) for a site I’ve been commercially maintaining and it worked a treat.  Some of the previous posts were inspired by that site.

So, my inspiration for this project is my collection of LPs – mostly classic vinyl albums.  The project is code named ‘VinylDb’ (until I can think of something better) and basically will be a database of my collection with interesting meta data and pictures.  It’ll be the basis for a web site hosted on my VPS.

On the weekend I spent a good few hours cataloguing all 150 albums and personally inspecting, cleaning and grading each one.  I recorded relevant data for inclusion into the target data schema for the project.

When I opened up my (hand-me-down) copy of George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” (a triple LP collection) I noticed something peculiar on the ‘A’ sides:

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As I understand it, samples and factory copies are quite sought after.  Pity these are only in VG+ condition (as opposed to say, mint or barely played).  In any case, not a bad little find.

So the moral of the story is – always take a close inspection.  You never know what you’ll find.

Anyhow, I finished ETL on Sunday (I imported public domain data for the LPs) and I have a fully populated, normalized, database now.  It’s backed by an Entity Framework model (which I used to do the integration/load).

Check back soon – I’ll have more information on the VinylDb project over the next week or so.

About Rob Sanders

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