By C.J.Richardson. For Phil Arundel. This database will hold 6588 separaterecords 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, itrequires a double sided 80 track discdrive. DFS ONLY. For the sort to work, you MUST have atwin disc drive. Insert the program disc into drive 0,hold down SHIFT then press and let goof BREAK. Choose option 1 from the menuand the main database will be loadedin. Before the program can be used, youmust insert a blank 80 track doublesided disc in drive 0. Do this and thenpress a key. If this is the first time that you haveused the program, (the disc has no fileon it called "Records"), the programwill ask you if you want to create newdata files. Do this by pressing Y. An empty file called "Records" will becreated on both sides of the disc inthe current drive. The program will then ask for thedetails of the very first record. Thisis the only time that the program willask for a record without you pressing"1". The reason for this is that theremust be some data on the disc for theprogram to use. After the very first record has beenentered you will be presented with themain menu. This is the menu that willappear 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 recordcompanies. Enter the number corresponding tothe record company. Enter 0 if thecompany 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 alreadyentered. The program will ask you for the numberof the record. Use option 3 to find outwhat the number of the record is. When you have entered the record numberfor editing, the program will show youthe original record. You can then enter the record again inexactly the same way that you enter anew record. See option 1. Press 3 or V: View all data. The program will ask you where you wantto start in the data. When you have entered the start record,you will be shown all the records up tothe end of the file. Depending on whether the printer optionis on or off (see option 8) the displaywill be different. If the printer option is off, you willbe shown a screen full of data, pressSHIFT to see more. If the printer option is on, theprogram will then ask you to prepareyour printer and press a key tocontinue. The screen display will becorrupted, this is to make the printoutmore readable. Press 4 or T: Search by performer/title. Enter the search string. All matches will be printed out. As with option 3, if theprinter option is on, output will be to the printer. You may enter as many lettersas you wish as the search string. The fewer letters youenter, 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 MUSThave a blank disc in drive 1 and thedisc with your data on it in drive 0.Press C to continue with the sort. Anyother keypress will abort the operationand return you to the menu. If you press C the sort will begin. It is only a simple sort. The searchbegins at the start of the full disclooking for entries beginning with theletter A. As it finds one, it saves a copy ontothe new disc. When the end of the olddata is reached, the search then beginsagain at the start of the data, thistime looking for the letter B. This continues until either all therecords have been sorted, or Z isreached. If the database is full (6588 records),the sort, in theory will take 5 hours! The reason for this is the largequantity of data in the database. With smaller amounts of data, the sortwill be more rapid, but it is advisableto set the sort off when you are not ina hurry, and when will not need yourcomputer. When you are entering records into thedatabase it is also advisable to bearin mind the way that the sort iscarried out. If you enter records by the sameperformer consecutively, they will staytogether in the database when it issorted. Press 8 or P: Printer on/off If the printer option is off, theprinter option will be switched on. If the printer option is on, theprinter option will be switched off. Press ESCAPE at any time to abandonwhat you are doing. AVOID pressing ESCAPE whilst the discdrive is SAVEing data, if you do this,or if you press BREAK at the wrongmoment, it is possible to mess up yourdata and make it unuseable. However, don't panic if this everhappens. Return your disc and returnpostage directly to my address, shownat the top of the program, I willattempt rescue the data for you if youcannot do it yourself. It is possible to change the recordcompany names in the program. Add the names to the DATA line in theprogram. The last statement must be anempty string ( "" ). Do not change thisDATA line after you have built adatabase though, as previously entereddata may then become incorrect. Do not enter any more than 40 recordcompany names, as the display will becorrupted.