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Community Flight Finder, beta - Transience Divine
November 2nd, 2009
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Community Flight Finder, beta
Christmas comes early at Transience Divine! But without music.

If you're like me, you want to get away during the winter. You don't really care when, as long as it's before too long, and you don't care where, as long as it's far from here. And you want a great price for that place. I've spent hours trying random locations and dates, but no longer!

This weekend I made the Community Flight Finder! Give it a range of dates (by default, it's the next 5 months), a range of length of stay (say, 5 - 10 days), a list of origin airports (only airport codes-- the current default consists of DC's, NYC's, Boston's, and Philly's), and let it go. It will query Or-bitz again-and-again for days, with random queries to any of 2000 airports around the world, and rate them by the metric "cents-per-mile".

Even better, we can all help each other! Everything goes to a central database, which you query and contribute to.

The current best results include $208 r/t to LA, $370 r/t to Peru, $535 r/t to Honolulu, $714 r/t to Shanghai, $773 r/t to India, $913 r/t to Indonesia, and $938 r/t to Australia (all taxes should be included).

This is a beta version! I want your comments on what to add and improve. Future work will include a prettier UI with a map of the results, a way to limit the destinations you want, more sites that it can check, community "interest" ratings and comments, and way to deal with old results. I'm also going to release the code under GPL in about a week.

Download it and fly! ffly.zip.

[Edit 2009-11-03: I've updated the archive, with a necessary file for accessing the database, several UI improvements, and more stability.]

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From:wakked
Date:November 2nd, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
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hmm, i get a mysql error every time i try to start it up, will get you a screen shot with the error later on.
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From:jrising
Date:November 2nd, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
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Curious. The mysql database should be accessible from anywhere. I have two ideas-- if you have a minute to try them out, it would be really helpful.

Try downloading the mysql connector dll from http://www.existencia.org/files/ffly/MySql.Data.dll and put it in the same directory as ffly.exe, and see if it works then.

If it doesn't, try installing the mysql connector itself, from http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/1.0.html (it's very light), and try running it again.

Thanks for trying it!
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From:wakked
Date:November 2nd, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
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First option: Try downloading the mysql connector dll from http://www.existencia.org/files/ffly/MySql.Data.dll and put it in the same directory as ffly.exe
Fixed it.
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From:wakked
Date:November 2nd, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
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New problem, maybe. I click on a flight and it pops up the flight view box with all the info, and with what looks like the link to get to it at the bottom, clicking on the link doesn't do anything.
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From:jrising
Date:November 2nd, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, known bug, sadly. Everything should be running fine for you now, and you're adding new results to the database. Unfortunately, there's no link I can give you to call up those results, but you should be able to get them by going to orbits and putting in those values.
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