31142 lines/cards/records

Richard Gaskin ambassador at fourthworld.com
Tue Oct 22 11:59:01 EDT 2002

> I have 31142 items to keep track of and I wonder what the best approach
> would be to store them. Each item should have an equal number of fields,
> just a few, with not much text data in each. I could make a comma delimited
> field with 31142 lines, a stack with 31142 cards or a database with 31142
> records. I need to sort them in several ways and I wonder what the fastest
> way is to store and access the data. Any suggestions? What are the benefits
> of each solution?

Sorting is fastest in one contiguous chunk, but locating, adding, and
deleting specific lines is much faster in an array.

Fortunately you can use both interchangeably, thanks to the split and
combine commands.

 Richard Gaskin 
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