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Old 09 March 2004, 19:19   #1
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Converting Microfiche Filer Plus to XML

Hi all - I'm new to the group, but not to Amigas, Got my first one (500) back in '89 or '90, and have been using them ever since. Currently have a 1200 and a 2500 with a Toaster in daily use. I use Microfiche Filer Plus for my databases, and need to be able to convert them into XML for my website developer. Has anyone done this, or know how I can go about it? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!
 
Old 09 March 2004, 20:13   #2
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Hi

Welcome to EAB

Sorry but i've never heard of 'Microfiche Filer Plus' .. I dont suppose you know how the database is stored ? .. ie: flatfile,csv or custom datafile etc..
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Old 09 March 2004, 21:13   #3
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If it's a relatively simple format, I could probably write a little converter program.

If you don't know about the file format, post an example database to the zone (see the link at the top "the zone").
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Old 09 March 2004, 21:47   #4
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heh .. thats why i asked about the format, i was gonna knock up summat too

This thread is too nice n helpfull .. we need a bit O Akira-ism in here :P

/me runs off n hides ...
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There's no need to start attacking Akira with absolutely no provocation.

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Old 10 March 2004, 16:45   #7
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How do I determine file type?

Thanks for responding, gents. Sorry, I'm not as savvy as most of you in computer things. How would I determine what file type it uses? Would it be the extension on the file? They're .mff, which I presume stands for microfiche filer file... If it's any help, the program resembles a microfiche viewer (hence the name), having a small overview window and then a detail window, where the records are disiplayed. Double clicking on a record brings up whatever form is set for display. What other info can I give that would be of help?
 
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Re: How do I determine file type?

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Thanks for responding, gents. Sorry, I'm not as savvy as most of you in computer things. How would I determine what file type it uses? Would it be the extension on the file?
No, the extension is largely irrelevant. It might be an .mff file, but what exactly is an .mff file? There doesn't seem to be any public documentation about the contents of these files.

If the data is stored as pure text then it should be pretty easy. If not, then it might be possible to determine how to interpret the data if you can provide information about the fields in the file, the field sizes and so on.

The best thing to do would be to create a small example database and post it to the zone so that we can have a look at it.
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Old 12 March 2004, 17:38   #9
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Don't think I can do that now...

Unfortunately, my Amiga is no longer connected to the internet, and I haven't been able to get the program that makes the floppies into ms format to work. I just opened the database file in DiskMaster, and this is how it displays:
Version 2.0
Forms
Form "Packing Slip: 0 0 616 174 0
Field 0 260 0126 8 "Packing Slip"
Field 5 0 18 260 8 ""
Field 3 0 9 268 8 ""
Field 0 273 9 121 8 "Invoice Number"

and so on for the rest of the forms, and then

Data Definition
Field 1 "First Name " ""
Field 2 "Last Name" ""

and so on, then

Data
Record
7
Lin Lin
5
Furry
13
Lin Lin Furry
0

24
Red Lotus Ti Chi Qigong
9
PO Box 89
29
22 Newman Dr.
14
W. Nottingham,
3
NH
5
03291
18
W. Nottingham, NH 03291
8
942-7634
77
Editing - $240.00
20
Editing/duplications

and so on for the rest of the invoice. I'm not quite sure what the numbers relate to before the inputted data, as they don't match up to the field numbers (for example, there is no field 77 as before editing above).
Hope this gives you some idea of what the program's about.
 
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Addendum to previous

I think that the numbers relate to how many spaces are used by the inputted data, as when there is no data, there's a 0.
 
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Well that all looks pretty straight-forward. As long as you know what the data is that you want to keep, and how the XML file is to be put together (i.e. what is the XML file to be used for?), it shouldn't be a problem to write a program to convert it.
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Old 12 March 2004, 18:08   #12
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The records that will be converted only have 3 fields - it's a database of videos that I've shot, and have a number, a title and notes. They'll be used in a database in my website from which people can order copies of past events. Thanks for your assitance!
 
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yes, please yes.
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