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    Hey guys,

    About 2 years ago (after Grooveshark closed), I noticed that a lot of music was available legally and for free on the internet (on YouTube, SoundCloud and more), but often you had to switch websites and it was hard to keep track of all the good music, because not all music is available in one streaming service (not even the big commercial ones).

    So I started creating a platform (RockRaptor) that indexes all of this great music, and puts it in one place.
    It allows you to listen to the songs, create playlists, submit new songs and more.

    RockRaptor is built using these technologies:
    • C# (.NET)
    • TypeScript / JavaScript
    • HTML5
    • MySQL
    • Sphinx


    I would love for you guys to check it out and give me some feedback.
    I know a lot of features are still missing, but I'm working hard on it.

    The website: RockRaptor


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    Re: RockRaptor, a free music streaming directory I'm working on

    Two thinks I immediatly noticed is that you can't 'play now' or 'play next' a song when you have a queue and that I found no way to change the volume on the website.
    Also when you only have 1 song in your queue, it just keeps repeating itself, when I was expecting it to just stop playing. I haven't checked your 'logged-in-users'-features, but this may be something you could tweak in your user settings.

    I like the idea of this website and wish you good luck rolling it out ;)






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    Quote Originally Posted by Joorren View Post
    Two thinks I immediatly noticed is that you can't 'play now' or 'play next' a song when you have a queue and that I found no way to change the volume on the website.
    Also when you only have 1 song in your queue, it just keeps repeating itself, when I was expecting it to just stop playing. I haven't checked your 'logged-in-users'-features, but this may be something you could tweak in your user settings.

    I like the idea of this website and wish you good luck rolling it out ;)
    Thanks for the feedback. These are certainly things I have to look for.

    Playing as next song is available from some places, but indeed not everywhere. I should fix this.
    A volume knob is on my todo-list already, so that will be implemented.
    I'm still not sure if i need to make the queue repeat after it has finished or not. Maybe this is something I need to put in user settings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bramdebouvere View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. These are certainly things I have to look for.

    Playing as next song is available from some places, but indeed not everywhere. I should fix this.
    A volume knob is on my todo-list already, so that will be implemented.
    I'm still not sure if i need to make the queue repeat after it has finished or not. Maybe this is something I need to put in user settings.
    You should add features with the possibility of finding alike songs, playlists etc pretty much like on Spotify, but way better organized and coded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redk0ke View Post
    You should add features with the possibility of finding alike songs, playlists etc pretty much like on Spotify, but way better organized and coded.

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    Yes, related songs / albums / artists / playlists were already on my todo-list, as well as genres and more.

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    Re: RockRaptor, a free music streaming directory I'm working on

    Quote Originally Posted by bramdebouvere View Post
    Yes, related songs / albums / artists / playlists were already on my todo-list, as well as genres and more.
    Keep this updated! Would love to hear whenever you make an improvement.

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    RockRaptor, a free music streaming directory I'm working on Future is online now
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    Nice idea and nice implementation. I like seeing the usage of .NET and TypeScript in the web area, good job :)




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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    Nice idea and nice implementation. I like seeing the usage of .NET and TypeScript in the web area, good job :)
    Thanks :) It always suprises me that not a lot of big websites use .NET. Of course, the basic ASP.NET and Entity framework tend to be a little slow, but if you stay away from those, I think you can create some websites that perform decently. I wrote my own ORM, for example, but there's also a lot of good open source ones available that are much faster than the defaults that Microsoft offers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bramdebouvere View Post
    Thanks :) It always suprises me that not a lot of big websites use .NET. Of course, the basic ASP.NET and Entity framework tend to be a little slow, but if you stay away from those, I think you can create some websites that perform decently. I wrote my own ORM, for example, but there's also a lot of good open source ones available that are much faster than the defaults that Microsoft offers.
    Yes I agree, tbh I find it more secure and way more easy to use than PHP and other concepts. I don't know if it's really that much slower but for extendability and maintainability it's overkill imo. EF is just so easy to use and the MVC implementation is great. And... it's got a decent IDE and is actually compiled as a .dll....




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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    Yes I agree, tbh I find it more secure and way more easy to use than PHP and other concepts. I don't know if it's really that much slower but for extendability and maintainability it's overkill imo. EF is just so easy to use and the MVC implementation is great. And... it's got a decent IDE and is actually compiled as a .dll....
    More secure than PHP? Then you must be one heck of a bad PHP developer.
    Nothing by Microsoft is good other than their IDEs.
    MSSQL, IIS and Azure is just fucking shit.
    ASP.net is fucking expensive to host on a server compared to PHP and other languages.
    In my opinion, Microsoft hasn't released any good software ever, other than their DLL and IDE packages.
    Even their OS is shit lol.

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    RockRaptor, a free music streaming directory I'm working on Future is online now
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    Didn't intend to start a discussion about php vs asp here, but when I'm speaking about security it's things such as built-in SQL injection protection or the simple fact that by far not as many companies use it (compared to php). There sure are some kind of backdoors but not as many people are trying to constantly find them. It's a weak but existing security bonus, if you ask me.

    I agree with the OS part (hence why I'm staying win 7) but it took PHP 7 versions to start realizing that compiling is faster than interpreting (lol). Also I've yet to find a good IDE for PHP that is not overpriced but very limited at the same time or just complete shit (Eclipse). And well.. don't even get me started on debugging functionalities...




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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    Didn't intend to start a discussion about php vs asp here, but when I'm speaking about security it's things such as built-in SQL injection protection or the simple fact that by far not as many companies use it (compared to php). There sure are some kind of backdoors but not as many people are trying to constantly find them. It's a weak but existing security bonus, if you ask me.

    I agree with the OS part (hence why I'm staying win 7) but it took PHP 7 versions to start realizing that compiling is faster than interpreting (lol). Also I've yet to find a good IDE for PHP that is not overpriced but very limited at the same time or just complete shit (Eclipse). And well.. don't even get me started on debugging functionalities...
    Yeah, but I'm not using PHP7 lol, its fucking shit.
    NGINX with HHVM is the way to go since it uses a JIT compiler.

    Visual Studio Code, Sublime Text or PHPStorm is what I currently use for coding, but yeah there's not really any good IDE. You can easily debug by installing PHPUnit or so.

    Generally I just enjoy PHP compared to ASP.net, but well its just a matter of preferences.

    SQLi can easily be prevented if you use PDO, otherwise you're just stupid when it comes to SQL in PHP.

    You should check out my micro PHP framework once I decide to create a development thread on here.
    Currently it's only on Devshit

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    Meh, you could say I'm Visual Studio addicted / damaged :D I've been working with it for 5 years now and it features all languages I need to work with. Would even work with PHP, using a plugin. I have to admit I like Entity Framework a lot as well. So when I have to do some web development, I'd choose the default and supported Microsoft architectures :/

    Thanks for the tips, I'll take a look when I consider trying php another time :P




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    Quote Originally Posted by Joorren View Post
    I found no way to change the volume on the website.
    I've added a volume control now.

    Quote Originally Posted by redk0ke View Post
    ASP.net is fucking expensive to host on a server compared to PHP and other languages.
    That does change a little with .NET Core though, since you can host that on Linux. It also uses less resources.

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    Re: RockRaptor, a free music streaming directory I'm working on

    What advantages does this have over already existing apps/sites? i.e Spotify? Other than yours having all songs on one




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