isbnsearch provides a simple method for retrieving information about any book using only an ISBN or EAN barcode. It is intended to provide assistance for online libraries, user groups, or individual users, and is designed in such a way to provide a distributed ISBN database query system. Users can choose to view the summary information (author, title, publisher, date, edition, subject, ISBN) as HTML, XML, or a pre-formatted SQL statement.
|Tags||Internet Z39.50 education Information Management Records Management Text Processing Indexing Database Front-Ends|
|Operating Systems||OS Independent|
|Implementation||Perl PHP SQL|
Release Notes: New scripts are included to increase the amount of automation in the verification process. The only remaining manual stages are retrieving the DB.txt file from Net::Z3950::AsyncZ to correspond to the latest release and configuring the scripts for temporary database access. verify.pl still requires manual intervention by using Ctrl-C to eliminate the worst performing servers, but it has also been improved.
Release Notes: This version includes full support for the new 13 digit ISBN form, and includes a single PHP script to upgrade and recalculate all existing 10 digit ISBN records into the 13 digit form, using the current 978 prefix. The two Perl scripts that run under cron have also been significantly improved, as well as having 13 digit support added. Make sure you run the 13 digit conversion before updating the rest of the files.
Release Notes: The greatest limitation on any isbnsearch site is the size of the database files. On webhosts, disk space costs money, and most hosting accounts offer hundreds of time less storage than a home system. This can translate into millions of extra ISBN records. To tap into this resource, this version of isbnsearch has been adapted to access systems that are installed behind firewalls and that use dynamic or static IP broadband connections. These portals are called "private" and divided into "Internet-visible" and "non-visible".
No changes have been submitted for this release.
Release Notes: isbnsearch is finally out of beta. 0.4 marks the first stable release and, for the first time, includes a proven method of installing all files without the need to go asking favors from the Webhosts. All the information is in the package documentation. With 0.4, the setup is all done at the start, and the site just continues to search, cache, and link to other isbnsearch sites without any administrator involvement. At 10,000-20,000 records a day, it won't take long to build a sizable database of your own.