Cataloging program

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Cataloging program

Postby dhokarena56 » Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:27 am UTC

My maths teacher used to run a Magic: the Gathering club, which was canceled, and a few months ago I asked him about it and he said he didn't really want the cards (which were sitting in shoeboxes in a classroom) anymore. So I took the cards, and now I'd like to catalog them. There's probably about 2 or 3 thousand in that box, which is too much to catalog by writing down on paper. Instead, I'm wondering if there's a simple programme that can catalog them for me- ideally that was originally written for Magic, but not necessarily. I just need, for the most part, to be able to enter the name of a card, and it'll enter it into a list, or add 1 to the count if one was already entered, and then when I'm done it'll spit out the cards in alphabetical order with the number that I have next to them.

Anybody know of such a programme?
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Re: Cataloging program

Postby scarecrovv » Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:52 am UTC

I don't know of any such program pre-existing outside of programming tutorial examples. Here's one way to do it python:

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from sys import stdin

cards = {}

card_list = stdin.readlines()
for card in card_list:
   card = card.rstrip()
   if card in cards:
      cards[card] = cards[card] + 1
      cards[card] = 1

for card, number in cards.iteritems():
   print card, number

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Re: Cataloging program

Postby EvanED » Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:41 am UTC

I'd type all the cards into a file and then run it through a program like scarecrovv's, so that if you get bored halfway through or the power goes out you don't have to throw away having typed a couple thousand lines.

And once that's done, you can just come back here and ask someone to pipe the file into sort | uniq -c and give you the output. :-)

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Re: Cataloging program

Postby Yakk » Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:49 pm UTC

I'd be tempted to write up a "tab completion" like ability, so I wouldn't have to retype the same card once for each instance.

But yes, a good old flat file with one line for each card name is a half decent (and simple) way to store it or write it up.
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