Rominator - Community Support Request

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by NemesisHunter, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. NemesisHunter

    NemesisHunter GBAtemp Regular

    Feb 25, 2007

    Hello fellow GBATempers,

    As some of you may know (many do not, I'm afraid), our dear Mr. Hankchill, resident coder for the famous DS ROM Managing software known as Rominator, has retired from his project, due to ongoing life activities and urgent personal matters. He has left us a fairwell gift: turning Rominator from a simple program into a full-fledged database management tool for free, granting us some much needed features that were originally intended for his donators, features whose coder had contributed much of his time and money to maintain and optimize.

    He has contributed much to the GBATemp community, but alas, life goes on, and sometimes, our hobbies need to take a backseat to life's priorities.

    I am starting this thread in hopes of attracting the attention of our community to continue where he left off. I have absolutely no experience with programming or related experience, but I'm merely calling out the attention of our experienced GBATemp lurkers who may be able to seek the source code from Hankchill himself (through e-mail or message contact), and update it along with the rest of us.

    My vision is simple : to turn this program into a more involved community-driven project, started by Hankchill, and maintained by the GBATemp community. We'll need knowledgeable individuals who may understand the code, and quality-testers, as well as everyone else's support in calling out and indicating new releases since the last update, effectively turning what was once a solo-driven project into a more community style, wiki format update system contributed by the GBATemp community itself.

    With Hankchill's permission of course.

    Here is an extract of his last status update :
    Source :
  2. Brenex

    Brenex Advanced Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    United States
    I was a pretty active tester and donated when Hank was still running the program so I would definitely be interested in continuing to test future revisions. Will keep my eye on the thread.
  3. HoocH_uk

    HoocH_uk Newbie

    Dec 9, 2005
    Count me in ....
  4. geminisama

    geminisama Metsu

    Jul 17, 2008
    United States
    I could help quality test. I don't know how to code, but I'd love to help compile info on new games.
  5. kingsanto

    kingsanto GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 15, 2009
    United States
    Wow, this is a neat app.
  6. Username_09

    Username_09 Member

    Nov 6, 2009
    Imagination Land
    Indeed it is.
  7. Steevsee

    Steevsee Advanced Member

    Jan 25, 2008
    Aussie Game Wreckers
    Looks like he might already be working on an update.
  8. jink84

    jink84 Advanced Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    United States
    Hank Chill seems like a cool guy.

    It's sad that things got rough for him. I can imagine the donation based model didn't work well during last year's economic crisis *peak*.

    It's nice to hear he may be working on something new, but he shouldn't take so much work onto his own shoulders!

    Hankypanky, if you're reading this, feel free to contact me with whatever help you need...

    I can update a database for you or whatever you'd like...
  9. windsur

    windsur Advanced Member

    Oct 29, 2009
    United States
    I did email him an updated database a couple days ago that's current up to 4535. Apparently, his database administrator quit on him and might have the only working copy of the automated program. I hand-fixed the updated version, but hankchill said he needs to do some work on his end. I'm planning on sending him a newer file (probably on Sunday). If he hires a new database admin by then, I guess I won't worry about it. [​IMG]
  10. Donkey Punch

    Donkey Punch Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    United States
    I donated to this great program and I am really hoping it comes back (or at least that the database gets fixed and updated). Whomever did the last few database updates did a terrible job and left it in a mess.

    No offense but Hank really needs to make backups. Part of the problem is that he had a hard drive failure and lost the source code for Rominator (if I recall correctly). Great software developer but terrible on backing up, lol. [​IMG]
  11. jeremy506

    jeremy506 Some dude.

    Oct 26, 2009
    This sounds pretty cool.
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