Things I want to get done before inevitably letting the project bitrot:

  • When we added Opus support, we did various checks to make sure that we don’t try to stream Opus files w/ the HTML5 jPlayer, since that doesn’t support Opus. We should probably have an “is_streamable” method on the Song class, though, rather than just checking for Opus all over the place. Something to think about…
  • I think I’d like to include “slug”-like text in album URLs. Would put ‘em after the ID, and they’d be optional (and completely ignored by the album view). Would make sharing links a bit friendlier, though. Make sure to include a maximum length, if I do it…
  • Direct links to pages with django-tables2 (instead of just next/prev) – the v2.4.1 that I’m using now while testing el8 hosting has a nice solution for that built-in. Will probably keep my own X of Y modifications in place, but pull those in.

Things which may or may not make that cut:

  • Might be nice to actually spend some time to make it look better. The sidebar’s pretty ugly, etc.
  • Should implement a max-number-of-results in search. Probably only really an issue on Songs, maybe just use 500 like we do on the artist view page.
  • Might be nice to have a mobile-optimized CSS
  • Ability to specify subdirectories when doing add/update actions, to only process a subset of the library.
  • Basically, overriding get_context_data() in our views is wordy and not needed most of the time. Use ‘view.varname’ in the template and it’ll pull from the named var/func. No fussy context fiddling required!
  • Use annotate() for some of our aggregate information on artist browse, for instance.
  • Convert our three forms to actual django Forms.
  • Might be nice to include an admin subcommand to clean the zip directory, which could be plugged into a cron rather than having to do your own.

Things which, if I’m being honest here, are likely to never actually happen:

  • Exordium can be slow, and it’d be nice to figure out if there are reasonable ways to speed it up, though it appears that in my case I’m primarily I/O bound. The initial import of a 42k-track library on my box takes about an hour, the majority of which is spent doing checksums of the files. I’ve tested out using faster, less-secure checksum method (sha1sum, md5sum) and while those technically save us some time in CPU, it turns out that on my machine at least I’m primarily I/O bound while doing such large imports, and using the faster methods don’t actually save any time. Beyond the initial checksumming in the add process, there’s still a good 15 minutes after that for database imports. Relatedly, I’d put in some logic so that if an artist has more than 500 tracks, the track list isn’t shown on the artist page, because performance was lousy there, too. It’d be nice to see if there’s a good way to get that faster as well. The good news is that outside of cases like that, it does seem to perform fine. Adds/ updates are speedy enough for me, and in general the app is pretty responsive.
  • More precise summary text for classical * “Composer, tracks 1-5, 8: foo”, etc.
  • Extra details on album song list (format, bitrate, etc) (something else for user prefs. Will have to wait until I figure out a reasonable way to have dynamic column definitions in django-tables2. I don’t want to define a different class for each possibility.)
  • Might be nice to support some artist groupings. (“Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra” albums should probably show up alongside “Amanda Palmer” albums, etc. I assume this would be something manual-only from the admin area. The “correct” thing to do might be to find a tag to use, instead, but I’m guessing that’d overly-complicate the backend, which I think I’d like to keep cleaner. But it might be a monster anyway.)
  • “Random albums” page?
  • If deployed with WSGI configured for multiple processes, both user+global preferences only get applied properly on the process for which they were set. Subsequent page loads may or may not come from the same process, so results can be inconsistent. I’m not sure if there’s a way around that or not - for now I’ve just dropped my number of processes down to 1.
  • Maybe make “Various” a non-reserved artist name? We could put in a big ol’ random mess of characters for the name, and just rely on Artist.various to display it properly on the UI and all that. That way if we ever have a band whose name really is “Various” we should be able to support it. Would have to figure out some UI differences to differentiate, if so. Maybe italics or something for the special artist?
  • Theme support might be nice, and should be pretty trivial, though I doubt I’ll take the time to figure it out.
  • Could maybe apply some sorting while adding/updating so that updates appear in some kind of order rather than effectively randomly (would be especially nice for the initial bulk add(), so you’d have at least SOME indication of how much more time will be needed)
  • Management subcommands to add/update the library (actually, this is more complicated than I’d considered initially, because the user running the add/update won’t be the same as the user Django is running as, so permission issues come into play.)
  • Relatedly, the add/update stuff DOES sort of belong in something like celery instead, but I don’t actually have any interest in implementing that on my host at the moment.
  • Perhaps we should read genre from tags?