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Quite simply, Diskery is a massive and impressive database. Diskery is able to store, on 64bit processors, approximately 18,446,744,073,709,551,615 (18+ Quintillion) individual records (or 256TB maximum space, whichever is exceeded first). We have also found a way to 'bank switch' the databases so we can expand those numbers, theoretically, into infinity or when forced to use 32bit processors. Through our internet provider we have access to a server offering us unlimited transmission and storage space. In a pinch we have access to a secondary provider as well.

Realistically, however, that number is pie-in-the-sky (unrealistic) because some records use multiple entries in order to compile the information for display, more realistically the number is closer to: 5,000,000,000,000,000,000, (5+ Quintillion) give or take a few million...

The database contents, the application and the database structure itself were all written right here, by Derek McDonald, a 5-time published author of both fiction and non-fiction works, degree holder in both Business and Information Systems Management with knowledge of 22 computer languages and several database formats. The site is developed and tested on a Dell Server using both Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux with Apache Server software. The design and testing featured no outsourcing, university think-tanks or government complexes.

Notwithstanding the internal cataloging numbers, date-stamps and other internal administrative and auditing data stored within, each record can hold:

  • A list of all band members present and past for each artist/band listed with dates of birth, date of entry and departure to the group, and photograph
  • Full artist discography with dates of publications, recording format, recording label, album cover photos, award certifications and chart positions
  • Full band/artist biography, as large as needed
  • Band formation date/termination date and number of reformations
  • Band/artist photographs & logo
  • Links to media content (video/audio) - and storage internally if needed
  • Links to artist official website
  • Genre type (and and description there-of)
  • E-commerce and promotional sponsor information, links and logos
  • List of all affiliated groups and those mentioned in band biography with links to their entry in database if it exists
  • City, country, country flag and address of each band/artist
  • Old and new file codes
  • A full user help manual on-line
  • A list of all flags and nations and genres supported

     

Diskery actually consists of two databases, one that handles the help system and the other (main one) that handles all of the above. The web pages are created dynamically based on the information contained within each database record.

The website is adaptive to the size of the user's screen, most especially on mobile devices and uses data compaction and correction systems to speed up processing and transmission.

We have a fully functioning simulator that allows us to design and test the program before changes are launched to the public. Diskery is still not perfect, but we are working on it, and this tool has benefited us incredibly!

Diskery also contains SEO features.

There are many more items not mentioned above, but you get the idea. Also note, not all features are yet implemented.

Diskery runs on an Apache server using Linux as it's operating system with MySQL as the core database technology. PHP and HTML round out the application component of the software. The software and database contents (as of December 2017) were appraised at about $30,000 US in value - just the raw system alone if it were to be recreated.

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