For one, I don't see how it would be beneficial to store large quantities
of data in a non-database type of format.
As far as reducing the overhead of using MySQL, there are many methods one
can use to reduce the number of queries to a database.  For instance, if
you are worried about making many small queries, you might want to look
into creating large arrays of data from few queries, and then breaking out
those arrays into the pieces you need throughout your program.  I just
revamped some code I did a
while back and did the very same thing, making one db call to create a big
array, and passing sections of that array that I had broken into
multi-dimensional arrays to various functions.  This change cut the
processing time in half.

Another option is using reduced data sets for certain tasks, if you can
tell from the beginning  of the program that only certain groups of data
will be needed, such as per date entered, age, etc.

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On Mon, 18 Nov 2002, Teemu Pentinsaari wrote:

> hi,
> Maybe someone here can point me the way ...
> I'm looking for a fast and easy to use flatfile database working with PHP.
> The amount of stored data, the frequency and number of queries are really
> massive so I'm hoping to be able to skip MySql and build this service with
> some alternative technique. Anyone ?
> thanks
> Teemu
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