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Tagged: BookFetch

2 February 2017

Utilising the GoodReads API on BookFetch

The biggest problem revealed after Saturdays test of the BookFetch scanner was the systems inability to lookup 60% of the scanned barcodes on the ISBNdb.com API. Owen, a friend in the local Bristol tech community suggested giving GoodReads.com's API a try. I added a fallback in the code that processes the scans so that if it should […]… Read more »
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28 January 2017
Martin using BookFetch scanner

BookFetch scanner tested in the wild

In the 2 shops that did let me test the system I was able to establish that all the books in a single shop could be scanned in about 20 minutes.… Read more »
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23 January 2017

Abandoning Drupal 8 to rebuild BookFetch in Laravel 5

Back in October I started building the BookFetch project from scratch and used it as an excuse to learn Drupal 8. My experience of developing in Drupal 8 has been utterly horrible, full of moments of horror, frowning at the raw results, resigned to a helpless moan of "Why are you doing it like that?!". […]… Read more »
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27 October 2016

To style before testing?

I've built an early working version of both the scanner end of the BookFetch project and the public-facing website part, but at this stage the visual styling is just Drupal's default out-the-box theme. But that doesn't matter right? Just get it out there, MVP man, stop wasting time yeah?! No. Because the next stage will […]… Read more »
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21 October 2016

BookFetch Scanner working and ready to test

I have finished building the scanner end of the BookFetch project. This is the device that will be taken into shops and used to quickly and easily log their entire stock of books for publication on the BookFetch website. Here's a video of me demonstrating how the Raspberry Pi with the Python scripts running, is able […]… Read more »