Rev Stacks for "tiny" read only backend web dBases

Sivakatirswami katir at
Fri Feb 11 23:27:00 EST 2005

Thanks to all for the recommendations:

A text file could work... I'm just not sure how big it will be.. I 
could have the stack simply dump the text and FTP that to the site...


On Feb 11, 2005, at 1:02 PM, J. Landman Gay wrote:

> On 2/11/05 1:45 PM, Sivakatirswami wrote:
>> For a small amount of data to be delivered on the web e.g. 1000 
>> records or less; in this case, word definitions of a glossary. where 
>> the record has only two pieces of data
>> --word
>> -- definition,  am wondering if a back end revolution stack can serve 
>> us?
> I would think so. Even if you just use "find" to locate the words, it 
> wouldn't be too bad (though the "find" command isn't the fastest thing 
> in the world.) The fastest way to locate a card is by ID though, so 
> you might want to create a lookup table instead. Before you publish 
> the stack, run a handler that walks through the cards and stores the 
> word and the card ID in a list somewhere. Then have the CGI get the 
> lookup table, extract the ID, and grab the definition from that card.
> Which actually means that someone else's suggestion of just using a 
> text file might work just as well, though maybe a little less esthetic 
> for data entry.
>> Since input will be by a single admin individual, access would be 
>> read only. It's so simple, I'm not sure we need a macho PostGreSQL 
>> dbase for this and a Rev Stack would be so easy-portable. I can have 
>> someone working on a stack on his own machine... then just move it to 
>> the server how efficient is that... very...
> Right. Very easy.
>> The question would be: are there any read access concurrency issues 
>> in such a web app context?
> Not if the file is only being read. It can be opened multiple times by 
> any number of instances of the engine.
>> Anyone else doing this? what's your experience?
>>  if a cgi calls
>> "start using stack "../html/books/master_lexicon.rev"
>> ... does that mean another person hitting the same CGI within 
>> milliseconds will have a problem?
> I have a CGI on my site that does this. There hasn't been any problem, 
> as long as the files are read-only.
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