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Baseball Card Collector's Database program. Tracks all your cards.
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Baseball Card Collector’s Database program. Tracks all your cards.
File Name File Size Zip Size Zip Type
BALLBASE.DOC 11883 3330 deflated
BALLBASE.EXE 61758 35222 deflated
BALLBASE.HLP 6987 2761 deflated
RADCAT.TXT 13634 3619 deflated

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Contents of the BALLBASE.DOC file



R a d S o f t w a r e


BallBase.Exe

Version 2.1

(c) Nov., 1989

by

Rad Delaroderie
PO Box 1991
Columbus, Ga.
31902

written in

Turbo Basic


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Program Requirements:
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128K RAM
DOS 2.0 or later
IBM or compatible


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Idiosyncrasy:
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My programming philosophy is that a program shows its first sign of
failure the moment you have to pick up a user's manual to see what to
do next. With this in mind, let me make a few points, and then you
should never have to read this file again. If you do, leave me a
scathing message.

I can be contacted at the PO Box listed above, or at

CompuServe, ID 74730,3526

or

Columbus Connection BBS
1-404-687-7309
Rad Delaroderie


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Packing List:
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This package, whether ZIPped or ARCed, should contain at least the
following files:

BallBase.Exe (The executable program file)
BallBase.Hlp (The program help screens and on-line manual)
BallBase.Doc (This documentation file that you're reading now)
RadCat.Txt (A catalog of other available RAD Software programs)


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Program Description:
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BallBase is a database program designed to let you enter and maintain
your collection of Baseball Cards. It has powerful search and find
capabilities that allow you to find sub-lists of cards in your file
based on almost any criteria, and will let you associatively index
your cards for later retrieval in ways limited only by your
imagination.


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To Install & Run:
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The following instructions assume that you know next to nothing about
DOS or installing and running programs. I always try to remember that
new computer users are many, and I wish to make things as easy and
clear as possible for these new users.

Floppy disk based users-

Insert a blank floppy disk into Drive A. At the DOS prompt, type
the following:

a: (Enter)
format a: /v/s (Enter)

When the system finishes formatting the disk, it will ask for a
Volume Label. Type

BallBase (Enter)

Now remove this newly formatted disk from Drive A and insert the
disk containing the BallBase program files into Drive A. Type
the following:

Copy a:\*.* b: (Enter)

Follow the instructions as they appear on the screen. New users
should note that, on a single floppy disk system, your computer
considers your single drive to be both Drive A and Drive B. When
you are finished, you now have a usable program disk. Label the
disk and make a copy for safekeeping. To run the program, insert
the program disk into Drive A and type the following at the DOS
prompt:

a: (Enter)
BallBase (Enter)

The program will now run.


Hard Disk System-

At the DOS prompt, type the following:

c: (Enter)
cd\ (Enter)
md \BallBase (Enter)
cd \BallBase (Enter)

If the original program files are on a floppy disk, insert that
disk into Drive A and type the following:

copy a:\*.* c:\BallBase (Enter)

If the original program files are already somewhere on your hard
disk, I'll assume that, if you knew enough to get them on your
hard disk already, you know enough to copy them to the BallBase
sub-directory.

To start the program, type the following:

c: (Enter)
cd \BallBase (Enter)
BallBase


BallBase.Exe creates a data file, called BallBase.Dat, when you start
entering your items. Database-type programs are by their very nature
"file read/write" intensive. For that reason, performance is slowest
on a floppy disk, very fast on a hard disk, and lightning on a RAM
disk.

You can start off by entering fictitious cards in order to get a feel
for the program, if you wish. When you are ready to establish a real
and permanent BallBase.Dat file, you simply erase the sample file by
typing the following:

Del. BallBase.Dat (Enter)

at the DOS prompt while in the BallBase sub-directory, then start from
scratch with your real data file.


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Using the program:
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BallBase is very user-friendly and intuitive, and also has an on-line
manual and context sensitive help screens that contain all the
information you need to operate this program. I would suggest that
you call up the manual at the start of the program by pressing the
Function Key and read it.

Because the manual is an integral part of the program, I will just
make a few points here:

* When adding an item to your list, none of the entry fields are
"required entries"; that is, in any field you may press ENTER
without typing anything. BallBase will insert "n/a" in that
field for you and move on to the next field.

* With each entry field you are shown a "hint" line at the bottom
of the screen to assist you in your entry. More complete help,
of course, is available by pressing the F1 key.

* Entry fields are fully editable with word processing
capabilities including left/right-arrow Home/End cursoring
through the string, character delete, overtype/insert mode, etc.

* To make the most of BallBase's search and find features, it is
important that you be consistent from entry to entry in how you
type your entries. For instance, in the "Team" field, don't type
"NY Yankees" in one entry and then later type "New York Yanks" in
another card entry. Don't type some entries in all caps and
others in normal punctuation.


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Request:

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I love compliments. I welcome critiques. I'm open to suggestions.
I'll listen to advice. I'll consider criticisms. I'll ignore
sarcasm. I'll seethe over insults. No matter what, I encourage
feedback one way or the other. The bottom line is that someone else's
point of view always gives me a wider perspective on my work. So if
you have something to say, make the effort and get in touch with me.


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Expectations:
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If you find that you are using the review version regularly, and you
are any kind of gentleman or lady, please send a miserly $10 for the
latest version of a program that is commercially worth a lot
more than that. Make sure to include the program name, version
number, and the type of floppy disk you want. (Use the order form at
the bottom of the accompanying RadCat.Txt file)

If you wish to use this program in a commercial or institutional
environment, contact me and we'll make arrangements.

Finally, if this is a review version, you are authorized and
encouraged to distribute copies of this program without charge for
others to review. However, please make sure to include all of the
files listed in the "Packing List" section near the top of this
manual.


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History:
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BallBase.Exe
Version 1.0
Sept., 1989

* Initial Release

BallBase.Exe
Version 2.0
Oct., 1989

* Considerable enhancement of the Search & Find portion
of the program.

BallBase.Exe
Version 2.1
Oct., 1989

* Full-featured version available with contribution.
* Minor display changes for easier reading.

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End of BallBase.Doc File


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