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jeff
12/30/2015
2:28:46 PM
I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everybody in the JCapper user community a HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!

I'm leaving in a few minutes for a trip to the mountains of AZ.

Plenty of fresh snow right now. Good chance of getting some skiing in - and it's likely I'll be out of the office for the next week or so.




Recommended Data Folder Structure for 2016
It's also that time again. (Time to create folder structure for the coming new year.)

One of the things you NEVER want to do is mix and match files from different years on the same folder. The file names of data and results files that you download do not contain a year element.

If you fail to create (and use) folder structure for the new year:

Not only do you run the risk of overwriting 2015 files with 2016 files... But you also risk corrupting your 2015 databases in the event you run a db build using a 2015 data file and a 2016 results file (or vice versa) for file names involving the same track code, month, and day of month.

I (personally) use a single folder for each year with 4 separate sub folders (one per calendar quarter) and 2 additional sub folders (to facilitate breaking up my race day into multiple groups in the DFM Card Loader.)


My old 2015 folder structure looks like this:

C:\2015
C:\2015\Q1_2015
C:\2015\Q2_2015
C:\2015\Q3_2015
C:\2015\Q4_2015
C:\2015\Folder2
C:\2015\Folder3


My new 2016 folder structure looks like this:

C:\2016
C:\2016\Q1_2016
C:\2016\Q2_2016
C:\2016\Q3_2016
C:\2016\Q4_2016
C:\2016\Folder2
C:\2016\Folder3


Once files for 2016 become available for download - and for the first several days of the new year - I will be toggling back and forth between folders inside of the DFM - being EXTREMELY careful that all 2015 files are downloaded to my C:\2015\Q4_2015 folder - and that all 2016 files are downloaded to my C:\2016\Q1_2016 folder.



-jp

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CalvinJ
1/1/2016
11:13:27 AM
Yes, Happy New Year and Peace in Jerusalem!! And to all!!

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