I usually have an info.inc file that has all these variables that I might
need to change.  Then include it in the files that use those variables and
if I ever need to change one of them I just change it in the include file
and it updates everything that way..


Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the
sensitive soul to tears. - Edgar Allan Poe

> From: Erik Price <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 15:50:08 -0400
> Subject: [PHP] web application development question
> For those of you who write web applications (in any language), what do
> you recommend as the best way to store arbitrary atomic data for the web
> application?  in other words, data that doesn't really need to be stored
> in a relational database, as it does not really relate to anything?
> In the app I am working on (PHP/MySQL), there are several instances of
> this.  One of them is:
> a multiplier of 1.5 is applied to any "materials cost" of posters
> ordered through my app.  That is, although the "materials cost" to my
> employer is, say $0.076 per square inch, 0.114 is the amount that we
> charge per square inch (0.076 * 1.5).  However, this multiplier could
> change at some point in the future, so I am hesitant to leave the number
> hard-coded into my page.  I would rather have it stored in the database,
> where my employer can easily update or change it to another multiplier.
> But it seems awkward to create a table that simply maintains the
> multiplier:
> mysql> SELECT * FROM material_multiplier;
> +------------+
> | multiplier |
> +------------+
> |       1.50 |
> +------------+
> 1 row in set (0.00 sec)
> I suppose I could store a table with two columns, one being VARNAME the
> other being VALUE, and pull this kind of standalone data out of it, but
> was curious what other people do when they need to store something like
> this.
> Erik
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> Web Developer Temp
> Media Lab, H.H. Brown
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