There was a day when I had more than one vehicle, a hectic business, and a very difficult time keeping track of all the maintenance, vehicle inspections, and other little things it took to keep them all on the road.
The final straw was when I forgot to get my vehicle inspection done on time and had an encounter with an officer of the law. So what’s a programmer to do? Write a program to keep track of all that stuff, of course.
I originally wrote a database-driven, on-line web application called Home & Business Inventory in 2003 when a hurricane got me thinking about how vulnerable all my material possessions were to natural–and not-so-natural–disasters.
Originally, the Home & Business Inventory was a subscription-based web application, which allowed me to offer it free of advertisements and with a level of security that I couldn’t match had I allowed ads on the site. Since then, I am much less dependent on income from my subscription services, and I began a process of converting them all to donation-based sites that remain ad-free.
The new version is another database-driven on-line application called simply “Home Inventory.” It makes heavy use of AJAX to provide a better user experience with a more modern feel. What follows is the marketing copy from the original, subscription-only version with modifications to accommodate the changes in the current, donation version which explains what Home Inventory is all about.
If you’ve read some of our other blog entries, you already know that one of TrackItWeb’s clients is an ardent classic Mercury Cougar Enthusiast. You may have even visited his Classic Cougar Community Site or Forum after reading an earlier blog regarding them.
For years, he’d been talking about wanting to build a database-driven site that would generate window stickers similar to the ones that came with his favorite classic cars. This fall, he took the plunge and commissioned TrackItWeb to begin construction of the Dream Cougar Window Sticker Generator.
The Dream Cougar Window Sticker Generator is a database-driven site designed to allow the user to build his own window sticker for a classic Cougar that may or may not have existed, including the actual package and accessory prices, creating a PDF as an end product that is based on the original artwork of the Mercury Cougar window stickers of the time.
The Medication Dictionary was originally a Visual Basic, Windows-based program. It was designed at the request of a physician who wanted a way to make sure the names of medications in his documents were accurately spelled and included both the trade and generic names to reduce the possibility of medication errors. Furthermore, he wanted it to be up-to-date at all times.
The current version of the Medication Dictionary replaces the original Windows-based program with a more-robust, on-line database-driven web site featuring enhanced search functions. Best of all, there is no need to install software or download medication list updates!
The on-line version of the Medication Dictionary works with most popular browsers at a variety of resolutions and with many hand-held Internet-capable devices.
I‘m an avid reader, but I’m not one of those people who likes to read a book more than once. I really don’t like bringing a book home, sitting down to read, and recognizing after a few pages that I’ve read it before. The more books I read, the harder it has become to remember the exact name and author when I think of one in conversation with a friend and want to recommend it.
About the time I first thought of writing the code for Have I Read That?, I was also in the position of not having much in the way of a portfolio; the majority of one-off programs and web sites I had built up until then were restricted to companies or individuals who weren’t in a position to let my potential clients check out their fancy web sites. So I set up Have I Read That? both to satisfy my own need to keep track of what I’ve read, and as a sample for potential clients. As a free web-based program, it is subject to the limitations of the other password-protected sites and programs I’ve built thus far.