Part 3: the study path from May 15, 2001 to May 22, 2013 on www.pianospel.eu
As it turned out, my study path stood on Pianospel.eu from May 15, 2001 to May 22, 2013. I implemented a few changes during this period. I had, in fact, two versions: the database version which I worked on at home, on my computer; and the text-only version, available on line. I updated my database very irregularly – I would suddenly add loads of books, then nothing would happen for a year. Whenever I updated the database, I didn’t place it online. In fact, the online version wasn’t a database at all, just basic text. To place everything online was just too much work. It meant that I had to type everything over again – and I don’t enjoy repeating what I’ve already done!
A big change came when I reworked the online version from being just basic text to performing as an actual database. Being able to create the pages contained in my study path using a database is a huge advantage; you don’t have to type in everything yourself. And you can also then search within the database.
Consequently, whenever I expanded my study path with the addition of a few books, I could add them online at the same time, merely by refreshing the database. The rest happens automatically. Admittedly, I did have to acquaint myself with PHP scripting and MySQL database management, but this wasn’t too difficult – thanks to our friend Google.
So, I had expanded my study path considerably over twelve years and made it (partly) accessible on the internet. Here (in Dutch only) is the version from December 8, 2012.