Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Pedigree Database
Posted on July 08, 2008 at 04:12 PM in categories Website

Not to worry, we didn't go anywhere! :-) We lost our internet connection last Friday and finally got it back this afternoon.


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Posted on April 23, 2008 at 08:17 AM in categories Website

As part of our wills, Melanie and I had to consider the future survival of ChessieDB. Steve Larouche, a friend of ours who's active in the local Chessie community, has agreed to take over the hosting and maintenance of ChessieDB should anything happen to us. We've created an MS-Word document to outline the import/export procedures for the database, a compressed backup is available for Steve to download, and another backup is located in a bank safety deposit box. Hopefully all these precautions will never be needed. :-)


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Posted on January 22, 2008 at 02:08 PM in categories Website

I just finished adding a new Network-Attached Storage (NAS) file server with 4 Terabytes of disk to our local network. I've also moved all of our music, video, pictures, websites, documents, etc. onto the NAS, and I'm now fine-tuning the file and directory structure. You'll notice the number of pending submissions has been growing for the past week or two. Hopefully the integration of this new storage will be finished shortly, and we can once again import new submissions.

A little while ago, I started work on a breeder contact database. It's still in the works, and most of the back-end is done, but I have to figure out a good way for website users to connect breeders to dogs. While I'm pondering this problem, I'll probably finish some other features, like searching for breeders, displaying breeder contact information, and a form to change a breeder's contact info.

Posted on January 20, 2008 at 05:01 PM in categories Website

If you received an error saying "Sorry, the saved submission information was incomplete. Please re-submit a new form." during the e-mail validation process, please try the link provided in the e-mail again. Hopefully everything should work as it should now. :-) If you have any problems, please e-mail us. Thank you.

Posted on December 26, 2007 at 03:28 PM in categories Database, Website

I'm working on a new database to manage breeder and owner contact information. This information will be displayed on the Dog's Info page. You can see an example on Donnett's Pepper Pete Info Page. Don't worry - e-mail addresses are encoded in javascript to protect them from harvesting. :-) If you've submitted a dog to our database, and identified yourself as it's breeder, you're name and e-mail address has been added to our breeder database. An online form will be available in the future to update your contact information. For now, if you find a dog has been attributed to you by error, send us an e-mail and we'll correct the problem. The search page will also be enhanced soon to search and display breeder contact information, including a list of dogs attributed to them.

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Posted on October 11, 2006 at 01:31 PM in categories Website

FYI - I just finished fixing two minor bugs in the submission process. First, if multiple submissions were made re-using the same submission form (using the back button after submitting a dog, to submit another dog), the original submitted info was overwritten - the submission form contains a unique ID for each submission, and this ID is used to save the submitted info. I've added a check to the submission process that will now protect previously submitted info, even if has the same submission ID. This could only happen if someone used the back button, after submitting a dog, to re-submit another. Hopefully this wasn't a problem experienced by many.

The second bug fixed occured when using the "Update Info" link when viewing a dog's info page. The original photo for the dog was not displayed on the submission form, and updates to the photo may have been ignored.

So, hopefully everything is working fine now, but if you experience any problems, please let us know.

I expect to start work on improving the search form (adding extra fields for sex, dates, etc.) in the next few weeks.

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Posted on May 29, 2006 at 10:26 AM in categories Website

New submissions have been pilling up for the last few weeks. We're just back from vacation, so we'll be importing them very soon. Our dog broke 2 teeth while we were away - probably gnawing at some chain-link fence at the kennel - so we've been busy doing some research on root canals and crowns since getting back. We're meeting the animal dentist tomorrow morning, so hopefully we'll have more time for the ChessieDB in the coming days.

In the future - probably this fall or winter - I hope to add a litter submission form, a kennel submission form (allowing you to specify the breeding kennel for a dog, search for kennels, etc.), and possibly a classified ads section for breeders and kennels.

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