A year of massive growth

… at least, in terms of the number tunes available in the tune search.

Aside from the attention grabbing headline, it’s customary at this time of the year to take a look back at what developments have happened over the year, so I thought I might as well join in. Here are a few of the 2010 highlights for abcnotation.com:

  • Perhaps the biggest change from a visitor’s point of view is that the number of tunes indexed in the tune search has gone from 55,000 to 275,000 – a five-fold increase in just a year.
  • The scope of the tunes has increased too, with copyright tunes listed and duplicates eliminated from search results. Plus a number of composers have now given consent for their tunes to appear on the site.
  • The tune search also allows you to search a particular collection and tune pages also have recommendations (visitors who viewed this tune also looked at …).
  • Both the blog and the main website have had a makeover, in particular to allow for easier navigation, and direct advertising on the site is now possible.

And finally … although I hadn’t announced it until now … as of late December, the website has a brand new wiki area.

This has been set up initially to host the new abc standard version 2.0 – the semi-formal description of the rules of abc – with the aim of giving abc software developers a clearer baseline to work from. However, there’s no reason it couldn’t be used for other things, such as abc tutorials, or examples pages, or even an a-z of abc usage – please contact me if you’d ┬álike to start something off.

Happy new year!

Chris

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