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Subject: Greetings, and a database/bookmarks question

Greetings, and a database/bookmarks question

From: <nmsmolin_at_mtu.edu>
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2006 01:32:19 -0500 (EST)

Greetings!

My name is Nick Smolinske, and I'm a newcomer to rockbox development.
I've been looking at the project for a while now, but I just got an Ipod
5G 60GB, so now it's time to play. :) You can call me Smo or Nick. I go
by 'tehsmo' in the IRC channel.

                                                                                                                                                                         Anyway,
I'd
like
to
get
some
feedback
on
the
database+bookmark
issue
(FS#
5072).

I
would
like
to
work
on
getting
bookmarks
working
when
using
the
database,
but
I'm
unsure
at
the
moment
as
to
how
to
go
about
this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Currently,
bookmarks
are
either
associated
with
playlist
files
or
directories,
and
they
simply
don't
work
in
database
mode.

I've
thought
of
a
few
ways
to
reconcile
this
model
with
the
tag
database:

(1) The easy approach:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Only
allow
bookmarks
to
be
associated
with
single
files
when
using
the
database.

They
would
be
either
stored
in
the
containing
directory
of
the
file
(to
allow
for
interoperability
with
the
non-database
bookmarks)
or
stored
in
a
bookmark
file
just
for
that
file.

(2) The middle-of-the-road approach:

Add the ability to associate a bookmark with a dynamically generated
playlist from the database. This leads to some issues:
                                                                                                                                                                         (a)
What
happens
if
an
id3
tag
changes?

(b)
There
are
multiple
ways
to
get
to
a
given
playlist
using
the
database
browser,
and
they
shouldn't
always
be
treated
differently,
but
associating
them
together
would
be
tricky.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (3)
The
most
dramatic
approach:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Have
single-file
association
of
bookmarks,
like
(1),
but
make
them
the
only
option.

Dynamically
generate
lists
of
bookmarks
for
playlists
when
in
both
the
database
mode
*and*
the
file-browser
mode.

This
would
have
the
advantage
of
a
more
consistent
API,
at
the
disadvantage
of
possibly
losing
some
features.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I'm
leaning
toward
option
(1)
or
(3)
at
the
moment,
as
they
seem
the
easiest
to
implement.

(3)
seems
the
best
for
the
long
term.

The
only
issue
I
see
with
it
is
that
users
may
want
bookmarks
to
be
associated
with
one
playlist
containing
a
file,
but
not
necessarily
another.

Is
this
a
wanted
feature?

Any
thoughts
on
this
are
appreciated.

Thank you for your time,
    -Smo
Received on 2006-12-28


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