Database syntax

Pete pete at
Wed Dec 21 13:35:26 EST 2011

I think the guy who asked the original question must be tearing his hair
out by now!

One thing I mentioned earlier that might be relevant to him is that there's
no need to use blobs when storing LC arrays. Just use base64 encoding and
store it in a text field, works fine.  Some folks on this list pointed me
in that direction a few months back.

On Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 12:48 AM, Bernard Devlin <bdrunrev at> wrote:

> Actually, this was precisely the situation in which multiple LC
> arrays, being used as "tables", where the array key was the primary
> key of the "table", and joining these "tables" was far faster to do
> using LC arrays than any in-memory SQL database.  Admittedly these
> were only 2-way and 3-way joins, so _maybe_ if they were 7-way joins I
> might not have seen the same performance difference.
> If you need a RDBMS (and integrity checks, triggers, etc), then you
> probably do need it -- there's no point in re-inventing the wheel.
> But if you need to just store a list of blobs, then an array with
> pointers to blobs on the filesystem might still be much faster (and
> much simpler).
> I'm not opposed to RDBMS per se.  In my time, I've used Oracle,
> Firebird, Frontbase, Postgresql, Openbase, HSQL, Valentina and Sqlite,
> and I still use some of those if the situation needs it.
> Bernard
> On Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 2:25 AM, Pete <pete at> wrote:
> >  But as soon as you get into multiple datasets with links between them or
> > multiple ways to access one dataset or multiple users accessing the same
> > data, there's a strong justification to use a database unless the
> > performance/memory issues are so bad that you can't deal with them
> (which I
> > find difficult to believe).
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