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Why are there so many genealogy programs? - Blog comment by lkessler - 17 hrs ago

Keith, Don't just take it from me. See what the 440 reviews of Family Tree Maker that average just 1.65 out of 5 stars have to say: http://www.gensoftreviews.com/?p=114 Louis
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Why are there so many genealogy programs? - Blog entry by lkessler - 1 day ago

This post is total plagiarism of an article just written today by Matt Sherman on the StackExchange Blog titled “Why are there so many programming languages?”  The article struck me as also being totally true when applied to genealogy software, so I am reproducing it here and just changing a few ...
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Getting the Timing Right - Blog entry by lkessler - 5 days ago

One of my concerns about switching from in-memory data structures to an on-disk database has been with regards to speed. Memory is faster than disk. Writing to disk will slow things down. But it better not slow things down too much. For normal-sized genealogy files (say up to 10,000 people), everything should ...
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Database Design for Genealogy Data - Blog comment by lkessler - 23 Jul 2015

Arnold, I selected SQLite because its a multi-platform, speedy, single file database with a small footprint that’s embeddable within the program. However, the FireDAC framework in Delphi theoretically lets switch one database to another without changing code, so it will be possible to switch in the ...
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Blog and Forum Was Down For A Bit - Blog entry by lkessler - 23 Jul 2015

I noticed a problem in the Behold Forum last night where a post was not always showing up. Last night I attempted to fix it with somewhat disastrous results. Unbeknownst to me, I crashed both the Forum and Blog last night at 11:45 p.m. and it took me a few hours today to bring them back up today. I still ...
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What might be a temprary alternative to Behold - Forum post by lkessler in General Discussion - 22 Jul 2015

... and then if you would, please send me the GEDCOM Famiy Historian produces from this file.
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What might be a temprary alternative to Behold - Forum post by lkessler in General Discussion - 21 Jul 2015

Colin, The best file 5.5.1 test file I know of are the 3 files at http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/GEDCOM_Musterdatei/Musterdatei that are in 3 different character encodings. All genealogy software should support all 3. The files also contain lines that test the organization's GEDCOM-EL extensions. All the ...
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What might be a temprary alternative to Behold - Forum post by lkessler in General Discussion - 21 Jul 2015

Colin, Grrrrr. I was hoping not to have to. What does Family Historian do when it encounters a 5.5.1 file now? All PAF exports are 5.5.1 and RootsMagic and etc. So I couldn't see Simon not having it programmed in. Louis
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probate... - Forum post by lkessler in Report a Problem - 21 Jul 2015

Colin, The idea is that these messages are designed to point out "likely" problems. Things you'll want to check. They should not be wrong more than 5% of the time or they are too loose. If fewer than 5% of probates occurs after a year, then it is set at about the right level, because you may have a few of them ...
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What might be a temprary alternative to Behold - Forum post by lkessler in General Discussion - 20 Jul 2015

Colin, Behold will give a message for unknown tags, but it will still accept them. So you don't have to change the tags for Behold. In the version I'm working on, when Behold reads invalid tags, it will change them internally to start with the _ and then will export them to GEDCOM that way. Louis