> =Prevailing wisdom in system design suggests that the data should be
'designed' first, and 'code'/processing
> only later (relational or structured design philosophy, even
object-oriented design). Accordingly I recommend
> considering which parts of your current files should be converted into
MySQL tables, and what might need to be
> added/subtracted to ensure that the relationships between tables is
adequately expressed/because that makes
> other 'old data' unnecessary. As you would seem to have identified your
data, and grouped/categorised it into
> tables, you might be able to go straight into the process of 'normalising'
your data - a series of
> steps/techniques which enable you to analyse the data and structure it
into a 'relational' form. (if you are not
> familiar with this term: it's back to the books)
Actually the Filemaker system is fairly 'normalised' having been developed
over a couple of years, our previous web developer (commercial partner)
pulled out of our service an I stepped in to deliver the goods and in doing
so, went through the analysis and re-design process. It may well be that
there could be some marginal improvement in doing it again. I'll have a look
anyway - its part of the learning process.

> =Have I misunderstood? It seems to me that you are not offering this data
to "the web", ie I can't get to it;
> you are only offering it to the copyright fee-paying clients. Hence the
publishers' argument seems
> illogical/ignorant...
Yes, exactly, but they control what happens and we are not mature enough as
a service to hit them over the heads yet.

> >
> > I run a dual site with a main 'Live' service and a Training service
> > users to play with the processes before they get near the real thing.
> =and now a third environment: for development, and a fourth: for system
I did omit to say that my server hosts a development solution
(Filemaker/Lasso) and that as well as the dev databases being on my laptop,
so is the MySQL/PHP solution. New laptop expected within a couple of weeks
and this one will then be switched to Linux.



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