I OD'ed on GTA3: Vice City last night, so was left with not much else to do on helatorstai (Ascension Day, I think- we have too many holidays in Finland), but tinker with my web page. Something I've been planning for a while was to put up my DVD collection in a browsable database: moviespace. This is something that I had worked slavishly hard to do with ASP on my previous tabularasa site, but it was more trouble than it was worth, and never really worked all that well. But thanks to the easy MySQL and off-the-shelf PHP scripts, I got the thing running in a couple hours without having to do any coding myself. Now that's much better. Thanks to Ugo Scarlata and his phpDVD scrpt for making my life easier. It's nothing to heavy-duty. I started with only five fields- Title, Year, Running Time, Director, Genre. What more do you need to know, really? There's no record entry page (because there' no more data anyway), but there's a link to the IMDB. Why should I go to all the trouble of replicating the information that's already there, eh?
One thing I'd still like to add is cover pictures. Amazon.com has a much better database of pics, so I might switch the links from IMDB to Amazon (all the same company now anyway). We'll see how this develops.