Q. data stacks and app design

Alex Rice alex at mindlube.com
Thu Oct 3 19:41:00 EDT 2002

I am writing an app which is a long survey followed by a couple of long 
reports. I want to save the state of the survey to disk and have 
different projects which the user names/saves/restores. Each project is 
just the set of answers to the survey questions.

A SQL database is not needed. In the SQL mindset, this data would have 
a handful of rows and maybe too many columns to deal with-- many 
hundreds. I'm sure it could be normalized better, but there is not 
enough data to warrant a SQL database.

Even the Serendipity Library SDB database looks like overkill for this 

So I think I need to use a data stack. What's the most elegant way to 
get cards and/or stacks to write all it's state out to disk, which I 
can go check on later from another stack, and write a report from the 
responses? I hope this question isn't too vague. I'd be glad to tell 
more about the application if it's not clear what I'm asking.

Thanks in advance!

Alex Rice, Software Developer
Architectural Research Consultants, Inc.
alrice at swcp.com
alex_rice at arc.to

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