SQLite data storage

Peter Haworth pete at lcsql.com
Thu Mar 21 13:50:30 EDT 2013

Hi Chris,
Difficult to answer without a little more information about your app.  In
general, I wouldn't worry about the number of records - "thousands" won't
be an issue for SQLite.

I'd say that if the columns are the same on each sheet, one table will
probably be the way to go - it's not usually a good idea to have tables
with exactly the same table layout and I'd guess there's some piece of data
you can use as a key when selecting data to differentiate between what used
to be on each individual sheet, if that's a requirement.

After that, it just becomes an issue of standard database design based on
the data elements and the application requirements.

If you'd like to send me the spreadsheet offline, I'd be happy to take a
look and give you some thoughts.

lcSQL Software <http://www.lcsql.com>

On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 9:14 AM, Chris Sheffield <cmsheffield at icloud.com>wrote:

> I hope nobody minds that I ask this here. While it's not specifically
> about LiveCode, the database I'm asking about will be used for a LiveCode
> app. :-)
> I need some advice/pointers on how best to store some static "read-only"
> data in a SQLite database. We're talking potentially thousands of records.
> I've been given an Excel spreadsheet with 24 sheets containing data to
> import. There are about 12 fields/columns. The data is separated into 24
> sheets, but it could potentially all reside in one table in the database
> (fields are the same on each sheet). The question is, should I do that?
> Will SQLite bog down after a while? This new app we're working on will need
> constant access to this database, probably via several open record sets at
> once. I'm just trying to figure out if it would be best to store everything
> in one large table, or to split each sheet of data into its own table.
> Would that be more efficient? Or would it be even better to have each sheet
> in its own file? Also, are there specific settings/properties I should set
> on the db to help keep performance as optimal as possible?
> Just brainstorming here. Would love to hear opinions, especially if
> someone out there is a SQLite guru. :-)
> Thanks,
> Chris
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