Web database suggestions
alex at tweedly.net
Tue Jan 25 12:01:34 EST 2005
Richard Miller wrote:
> I'm looking for a simple solution for storing and accessing data on a
> hosted server. Initially, the database need hold only about 1000
> records, containing simple contact information (15 fields). Reading
> and writing data is the main purpose... only a small amount of
> searching need take place. Access will be directly from a Rev
> application (not a browser or html file). Suggestions?
SQL, like Andre said. Or, if there's a reason to avoid it, a simple CGI
script that will read the file and send lines as needed. Or (depending
on the hosted server characteristics), a Rev based server using a
But you should be able to do simple text file - so read on ....
> I've been experimenting with placing a simple text file on the server
> and accessing it as if it was a local file, using lines like:
> put line 1 of url "ftp://myaddress.com/data.txt" into var1
I'd do whole file transfers, rather than (implied) single lines at a time.
put url "ftp://myaddress.com/data.txt" into tData
put line 1 of tData into var1
I'd consider compressing the file (depending on what other uses it is
being put to). Guessing each field at an average 20 bytes, you have 1000
* 15 * 20 = 30kbytes - could compress to 10-20K depending on data, and
so half the transfer time.
> This seems to work reasonably well for testing purposes, but access
> time is rather slow (even through a broadband connection) and the file
> seems prone to corruption. Comments?
It's very worrying that you say the file is liable to corruption - ftp
shouldn't do that :-).
Is it being accessed by multiple clients at same time ?
How are you doing the writes to the remote file ?
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