Announcing ISBN2Dewey!

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I’ve been working on some projects off and on for the last few months, and recently I found the time to work on one of them. All told, it only took me a couple hours to put together, but I learned a lot while I did it. I’ll discuss some of those things in a future blog post, as I think they’d be valuable to others working with RESTful API’s that only return XML data.

I recently bought a house (more on that later), and so I had to think about how best to move all of my books and still be able to find where the heck any specific book was in the new house. I settled on Dewey Decimal, since topical organization seemed a lot more reasonable than organization by author, but I couldn’t find a good way to actually figure out which book went where without a lot of database searching.

So I built a tool.

Today, I’m happy to announce the release of ISBN2Dewey, the first tool of its kind. With it, you can query any ISBN, and the system will tell you exactly where your book should be filed on your shelves. I’m hoping that librarians or anyone who has a lot of books at home will find it useful!

It’s in beta right now, so I’m actively looking for feedback to help make this all that it could be. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

_**UPDATE (9/13/16): ISBN2Dewey is down for the foreseeable future because I, like a genius, didn’t use source control for this project.