Adding trades with Comic Vine data

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18 Mar, 2012 06:19 PM

I'm using the Comic Vine catalog extension to pull data for TPBs, however the format they use is a little different from the way Comicster organizes trades.

In comicster you add a trade (searches through volumes on Comic Vine), then a volume (again, the same), then an individual issue (searches through issues of the selected volume).

In Comic Vine the trades are structured as individual volumes, followed by a single issue.

This causes the duplication of data (see attached). The trade and the volume contain exactly the same data

This may be nit-picking, but could the ability to add issues directly to a trade (in addition to normally adding to a volume in a trade) be impilemented?


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by mabster on 18 Mar, 2012 09:16 PM

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    I was disappointed when I found that Comic Vine's format for trades didn't quite line up with Comicster's.

    In very early versions of Comicster a trade could only contain issues, and didn't have the intervening title. This worked well until I bought a trade (I think it was the Avengers/Defenders War collection) that contained issues from more than one title. It made me completely rethink how trades should work.

    Comic Vine has the benefit that in their internal database, an issue that belongs to a traade also belongs to a title somewhere else on the site. Comicster's online database works the same way - issues are connected directly to trades since we know their title anyway.

    However, in Comicster's local format, I can't do that. You might not own the issue as a stand-alone comic, so you probably won't have it stored in your collection inside it's original title. Every issue needs a title, so the only place that title can live is inside the trade.

    I get that it feels like duplicated data (and yeah, in 99.9% of trades that's the case), but unfortunately the current layout is the best way to represent what's going on.

    Hope that goes some way to explaining the design decision. :)


  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by mabster on 29 Mar, 2012 11:45 PM

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    Closing due to this thread attracting spam.

  3. mabster closed this discussion on 29 Mar, 2012 11:45 PM.

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