Just joined the list, and I'm hoping to get a suggestion or two.
I'm working on using the ticTOCs ( http://www.tictocs.ac.uk/ ) text file of
rss feed urls for journals to insert links to those feeds in our Serials
Solution Journal Finder.
I've got it working using a bit of jQuery.
Demo here: http://18.104.22.168/badman/toc/demo.html
Getting that working wasn't too hard, but I'm a bit concerned about
efficiency and caching.
I'm not sure the way I'm checking isbns against the text file is the most
efficient way to go. Basically I'm making an ajax call to the file that
takes the data and makes an array of objects. I then query the isbn of each
journal on the page against the array of objects. If there's a match I pull
the data and put it on the page. I'm wondering if there's a better way to do
this, especially since the text file is over 1mb. I'm not looking for code,
I'm also looking for any pointers about using the file itself and somehow
auto-downloading it to my server on a regular basis. Right now I just saved
a copy to my server, but in the future it'd be good to automate grabbing the
file from ticTOCs server on a regular basis and updating the one on my
server (perhaps I'd need to use a cron job to do that?).
Thanks for much for any suggestions or pointers. (For what it's worth, I can
Derik A. Badman
Digital Services Librarian
Reference Librarian for Education and Social Work
Temple University Libraries
Paley Library 209
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