New site. New API. New logo.

Posted September 28th, 2017

Wow. It's been quite the year!

A lot has happened recently, and as a result, I've was struggling to find time to work on this project.

After trying to patch the site here and there, I just decided to go all-out and recode the site from scratch, using Bootstrap. This will eliminate having a separate site for mobile, as well has making the site responsive to different browser sizes.

As part of the recode, I've also created a new and easier to use API. I have depreciated the old API, and the new API will no longer support XML, instead favoring JSON.

There is still a lot more coming in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

Thank you all,
-admin

Some Upgrades and API changes

Posted November 10th, 2014

We've fixed a couple of bugs around the site this week. The code modification page is more robust. Some backend database work has been done. Cron now filters through the votes that have been cast on images and products and applies the changes automatically, in a most clever way, I might add.

Let's talk about the API.

I am happy to provide the API service to developers, however, with more and more people joining the site, my current server will soon be unable to handle the additional load that the API is placing on it.

Until I upgrade to a higher tier of server resources, I will unfortunately be placing a stricter limit on the free API system.

Currently, the API is not limited in times of high server load. From now on, when the server load begins to increase, the free API system will throw a new error message. Members that have subscribed for API requests will not be limited to server load.

Thanks,
-admin

Scoreboard and API changes

Posted March 24th, 2014

The scoreboard is back up! It's been down for a long time because it was low on our priority list. The old scoreboard used a bad method of calculating scores, causing a large drain on server resources.

The API has also changed. Because of some users taking advantage of the API system, I've added a quota to the number of API calls you can make per day. Right now, I've set the quota at 1,000. This should be more than adequate for any user or developer, but if you need more, please feel free to contact us.

We've also fixed the image upload system.

Also, please help moderate!

Thanks,
-admin

Better Search

Posted February 26th, 2014

This week, we've been revamping the way searches are handled. Before, you would have to type in a barcode number exactly. UPC-A barcodes don't care if you have an extra zero on them, but our search couldn't handle it.

We're almost finished our new search algorithm which will allow UPC-E and EAN-8 codes to be searched for just as easily as UPC-A and EAN-13 codes.

In a last little bit of news, we've completed our brand-new moderation system. The old system required users to be logged in in order to moderate. The new system will use a vote up/down method of determining whether a product should be verified, modified, or deleted. This new system will be live before the end of the month.

We've also removed our iconic barcode graphic from the header of the site. Miss it? Search 'barcode' in the top right search box for a neat easter egg!

Thanks,
-admin

Table Changes

Posted February 8th, 2014

I've been making somewhat subtle changes over the past month, but I figured this one warranted a blog post.

I've just revamped the add code page with new fields that I've been incorporating into the database. Three of these new fields include:

  • Manufacturer - Manufacturers will now be recorded. Hopefully, we will be able to predict who made a certain item
  • Category - Potentially useful in the future. Still in a testing phase.
  • Alias - Useful for developers. Alias is a short one or two word title for an item, like "Milk".

In addition to the new database changes, I've also uploaded over 13,000 new UPC images.

Thanks for everyones support,
-admin