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The purpose of this forum

David Benn
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In recent correspondence, the creation of this forum was recently considered to be A Good Idea by a number of people who collaborate with AAVSO to develop software, some of which can be found here: http://www.aavso.org/software-directory Some specific uses for the forum are: 1. For AAVSO to disseminate information to developers regarding impending download file format or database schema changes. This may also prompt useful feedback for consideration by AAVSO. This is definitely a case of N heads being better than M, where N > M. 2. Discussion of better ways to use existing resources, e.g. recent suggestions by Chris Watson re: how to do more comprehensive VSX searches. See https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?func=detail&aid=3070124&group_id=263306... 3. Proposal and discussion of useful additional resources (e.g. web services) or project ideas. 4. Learning from each other's mistakes and successes. 5. Generally getting out of our "silos". :) This list is by no means exhaustive. Apart from those of us developing software, others who develop simple scripts or spreadsheets may also benefit at least from the first item above. Regards, David Benn (aavso:BDJB)

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