8-Bit Software Online Conversion

                By C.J.Richardson. For Phil Arundel. This database will hold 6588 separate records of information about singles. The program will allow you to: Create a new file Add records to an existing file Edit records Search by artist or title Search by record company Search by year of release Sort alphabetically by Artist Send output to a printer For the program to work correctly, it requires a double sided 80 track disc drive. DFS ONLY. For the sort to work, you MUST have a twin disc drive. Insert the program disc into drive 0, hold down SHIFT then press and let go of BREAK. Choose option 1 from the menu and the main database will be loaded in. Before the program can be used, you must insert a blank 80 track double sided disc in drive 0. Do this and then press a key. If this is the first time that you have used the program, (the disc has no file on it called "Records"), the program will ask you if you want to create new data files. Do this by pressing Y. An empty file called "Records" will be created on both sides of the disc in the current drive. The program will then ask for the details of the very first record. This is the only time that the program will ask for a record without you pressing "1". The reason for this is that there must be some data on the disc for the program to use. After the very first record has been entered you will be presented with the main menu. This is the menu that will appear immediately on future occasions. These are the options available: Press 1 or A: To enter a new record. The program will ask for 5 things: a. The name of the group or performer. Enter no more than 26 letters. If you enter more than 26 they will be chopped off. Enter only letters between A and Z for the first letter. b. The A side title. Enter no more than 15 letters. c. The B side title. Enter no more than 15 letters. d. The record company. You will be shown a list of record companies. Enter the number corresponding to the record company. Enter 0 if the company is not shown in the list. e. The year of release. Enter a two figure number, ie 93. Press 2 or E: To alter a record that you have already entered. The program will ask you for the number of the record. Use option 3 to find out what the number of the record is. When you have entered the record number for editing, the program will show you the original record. You can then enter the record again in exactly the same way that you enter a new record. See option 1. Press 3 or V: View all data. The program will ask you where you want to start in the data. When you have entered the start record, you will be shown all the records up to the end of the file. Depending on whether the printer option is on or off (see option 8) the display will be different. If the printer option is off, you will be shown a screen full of data, press SHIFT to see more. If the printer option is on, the program will then ask you to prepare your printer and press a key to continue. The screen display will be corrupted, this is to make the printout more readable. Press 4 or T: Search by performer/title. Enter the search string. All matches will be printed out. As with option 3, if the printer option is on, output will be to the printer. You may enter as many letters as you wish as the search string. The fewer letters you enter, the more matches will be found. Press 5 or R: Search by record company. As with entering a record into the database, you will be shown a list of record companies. Enter the number adjacent to the company. Press 6 or Y: Search by year of release. As with entering a record into the database, enter a two figure number ie 93. Press 7 or S: Sort by artist alphabetically. The program warns you that you MUST have a blank disc in drive 1 and the disc with your data on it in drive 0. Press C to continue with the sort. Any other keypress will abort the operation and return you to the menu. If you press C the sort will begin. It is only a simple sort. The search begins at the start of the full disc looking for entries beginning with the letter A. As it finds one, it saves a copy onto the new disc. When the end of the old data is reached, the search then begins again at the start of the data, this time looking for the letter B. This continues until either all the records have been sorted, or Z is reached. If the database is full (6588 records), the sort, in theory will take 5 hours! The reason for this is the large quantity of data in the database. With smaller amounts of data, the sort will be more rapid, but it is advisable to set the sort off when you are not in a hurry, and when will not need your computer. When you are entering records into the database it is also advisable to bear in mind the way that the sort is carried out. If you enter records by the same performer consecutively, they will stay together in the database when it is sorted. Press 8 or P: Printer on/off If the printer option is off, the printer option will be switched on. If the printer option is on, the printer option will be switched off. Press ESCAPE at any time to abandon what you are doing. AVOID pressing ESCAPE whilst the disc drive is SAVEing data, if you do this, or if you press BREAK at the wrong moment, it is possible to mess up your data and make it unuseable. However, don't panic if this ever happens. Return your disc and return postage directly to my address, shown at the top of the program, I will attempt rescue the data for you if you cannot do it yourself. It is possible to change the record company names in the program. Add the names to the DATA line in the program. 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