Merecal

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Posted on July 23, 2009 2:02 AM in Personal
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Well, it's official. My brother-in-law and I finally launched a project we've been working on for almost a year tonight. It's called Merecal and, in a nutshell, it's a website for keeping on top of all the new releases coming out in books, Blu-ray discs, DVDs, music and video games.

If you've been reading my blog for any significant length of time, you are probably well aware of my previous endeavors regarding new releases. Unfortunately, the state of new release information back then (May 2005) was only slightly more pitiful than the situation today. Because it's so blatantly obvious that there is a demand for easily digestible new release information, developing a much broader, central source for new release information was essentially a no-brainer.

Working on Merecal for the past year has been challenging and fun - two of the traits you want from just about any new project you take on. Whereas I've shelved previous projects well before their completion, Matt, my brother-in-law, was able to keep me motivated throughout, and our frequent brainstorming sessions and discussions almost always had us on the same page, which is always a good sign in any partnership.

If I got nothing else out of the project, I got to reacquaint myself with web development after putting it on the back-burner for quite a while. Furthermore, I finally extended my use of Subversion from my day job to a web project (and it was a wise move) and learned quite a bit about the JavaScript library everyone's been talking about, jQuery.

Most of all, though, I ended up with a service that I know I will use (and already have been using) myself. And that is always satisfying.

The question now becomes, will you use it? I sure hope so. And if you like it, I'd really appreciate it if you'd pass the word along to your friends and family. If you don't, I'd love to hear why (it might help make us better).

If you've gotten this far and you're interested in finding out more about the history of Merecal so far or seeing a video demonstration of what the site can do, please head on over to the Merecal Blog.

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