Upcoming Books and DVD's at the Library
This project utilizes the Amazon API to provide the item information for books and DVD’s, such as reviews, rating, book and DVD covers, author, actors etc. It was developed with the help of Ms. Lisa Coker the Materials Management head for the Sterling Municipal Library. She provided feedback on how she wanted the admin interface to look like and work, since she is the only user for this project; it was tailored to fit her needs. This project was developed as more and more of our patrons started to visit the website and we wanted to let them know the new acquisitions for the library and allow them to reserve those items in advance.
It uses a flash file for displaying items similar to that of iTunes Coverflow, this flash file uses an xml file that is generated based on the contents of the application database.
Ajax is used where applicable and for the DVD part of the project a datagrid class was used from the Zebra framework.
For a demo of the patron display page please visit http://www.baytownlibrary.org/newbooks/ and http://www.baytownlibrary.org/movies, I will try to get the admin backend and source code available online soon.
I also implemented the Upcoming Books project on the Chamber County Library website.