notifications system using "the files"? bad idea?

Tom Glod tom at
Wed Aug 23 20:55:30 EDT 2017

by notification I don't mean anything fancy or OS or network based...just a
notification system that shows to the user "so and so has invited you to a
file"... defined entirely by me.

the code in the filename is pre-defined, they would all be lower case and
under x amount of characters.

my question is whether there is some kind of bottle neck that I am not
aware of that could prevent a LAN to send "the files" list to multiple
clients quickly...or more quickly than a DB query for records that match a
certain query.

Thanks guys....

On Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 4:40 PM, Paul Dupuis via use-livecode <
use-livecode at> wrote:

> On 8/23/2017 4:25 PM, Tom Glod via use-livecode wrote:
> > Hi folks, I'm building a notification system....and I don't want to add
> > another DB query to the my idea is to save notifications as
> a
> > file in a folder, and the just read and process "the files" ....
> >
> > so the name of the file would contain the notification data.... i
> wouldn't
> > have to read each file, just the list of files in the folder.
> >
> > hoping to save some network traffic that way.
> >
> > am I gonna regret this?...hit some kind of OS bottleneck?..... anybody
> have
> > any ideas why this would be a bad idea?
> >
> > we build for all 3 desktop platforms.
> >
> > Thanks for any thoughts.
> >
> Are the notifications (i.e the file names) preset? Or user entered. If
> user entered, realize that there are issues with converting file names
> across platforms. Linux, OSX, and Window have different reserved
> characters and file name standards, as well as different support for
> Unicode or high-ASCII characters. If all you messages are basic ASCII
> characters and under about 250 characters in length, you should be fine.
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