We are having to revise our processes that we use to update the website data. We were forced to leave Legacy Family Tree desktop software, because we have outgrown it by 200% capacity. We were not aware there was only a theoretical limit of a billion records, and not a practical limit of less than 100,000. We are frankly impressed at our tenancity to reach twice the actual limits and still kinda kept things going. We just wish the technitians would have told us of the limits so we would not have wastes so much time trying to make their software work when we were so far past its limits.
With the change in desktop software comes a huge amount of change in data. We chose RootsMagic for several reasons, but it has become apparent they also have cemented their way into a corner also. Legacy idolizes the corrupt and evil Microsoft System and their expesive ways of doing things. They have forced themselves into a really tight corner trying to make things work in this very difficult to diagnose system, and should be commended for what they did do, but they cannot correct their huge deficiancies until they chuck out the door the program core and rebuild their system using one of several superior ways of handling data.
Rootsmagic has locked themselves out of doing the things they need to do and what Legacy did, because they have adopted some bad forms for data entry and storage. Now with their customer base they are stuck with some really bad forms, and cannot dig their way out with their current way of doing things. The areas they need to fix require revamping their data tables and changing their forms, but they cannot do this and not bring about a huge problem to their current users. Anything they do now has to be done in little steps and conversions of existing forms of data have to be made.
Legacy has a problem with rolling out great features but never finishing them into a polished end that flows well with their system. They like to add this and before working out bugs and making it truly useful, they jump to another good idea and totally abandon the last project half baked. Now it takes a ton of clicking to do the littlest things, and nothing ever really works well, so the program crashes constantly.
Rootsmagic can most certainly handle the huge loads of data and had done well in making the data accessible by sqlite. But they monkey wrenched things but creating some strange character compilation that they do not release, so users cannot do that much to the data on their own.
At any rate, we got bogged down setting things up in RootsMagic and then learning their way of doing things. It also took quite a bit of time getting the data changed to fit their way of doing things. There is another article on that process which is ongoing.
The problems currently have involved the update of the data on the Website. During the time of changing desktop software, there was a big upgrade of the website TNG software, and it required the mods to be redone and took a bit of work and several days. We have that completed but now have to get our RootsMagic gedcom to merge well with the current data.
In order to do that we needed to get a good desktop web server going. We have one, but it was not working well with TNG. We turned all the things off on it and installed a standard WAMP server and things went pretty well once we had the conflicting server services all cancelled.
But the first merging of the new type of Gedcom demonstrated a bunch of issues that need to be resolved and we are working through them in hopes we can do a website update in a week or two, and get back to our data updating.
At this point things look promising. The gedcom did work well with the Legacy data already online, and the bugs are being worked out so I believe it will work with less problems online once some more changes are made.
Please bear with us in the interim!
We had one person call us that they could not get emails to be accepted by our webserver host. My emails have fallen dramatically and I am thinking she may be right. My test emails get through, but I may post an alternate email for a while to see if things work better on it. Just another thing to pursue!
Have fun, Clinton.