DataCrawler added one song per line (row) into a plain, but structured text file: “the database”. Each column was seperated by a | pipe with a title, artist, filename, style, release date and duration column. Group members added their release via a form, only the file upload to Skynet was a seperate action.
All information on the website instantly and automagically refreshed. The only server-side handling was writing one single line to a .txt file, while all the queries and filtering were processed on the client.
Man, this was practically AJAX in the Web 0.96 timeframe 😉
Other groups, like Destiny Music, and organizations showed interest in this state-of-the-art technology (uh huh). Surely, these methods are way outdated, while it’s fun to look back at the ’90s coding creativity.