Standalone - Using stack as DB

Scott Morrow scott at
Sat Aug 2 05:17:48 EDT 2008

I think a common variation is to have a standalone application (which  
most "long-timers" try to put minimal code into), a "program main  
stack" (perhaps with substacks) which can also be a stack file that  
the standalone loads first to establish the interface (and doesn't  
need to be saved), and data files which can also be substacks.  Then  
just the data substacks need to be involved with the save process.   
Keeping the data separate from the everything else has been consistent  
advice on this list.

Scott Morrow

Elementary Software
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On Aug 2, 2008, at 1:35 AM, Peter Alcibiades wrote:

> Yes, very true.  This is, now its pointed out, obviously the  
> underlying
> source of my power off/saving problem.  Its also an argument against  
> using
> the traditional splash stack and then a real program + data stack,  
> is it
> not?  One should rather have a program main stack, and then data  
> substacks.
> No need ever to save the program stack since it never changes, just  
> save the
> data stacks as changed.  Is this what you usually do?
> Eric Chatonet wrote:
>> I should have added that this way of doing never mix any line of code
>> with user's data in the same file.  And I think it important.
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