On 7/11/18, Randall Smith <rsm...@qti.qualcomm.com> wrote: > > My wishlist is: > > (o) Allow humans to view the contents of a DB without custom tools.
SQLite database file are binary. That is a necessity in any format that needs to store binary data. On the other hand, the SQLite database file format is carefully and fully documented (https://www.sqlite.org/fileformat2.html) and there have been multiple, independent implementations of readers and writers for that file format. SQLite databases are one of only three formats (the others being JSON and CSV) recommended by the US Library of Congress for archival storage of datasets. (https://www.sqlite.org/locrsf.html). The SQLite database library is the second mostly widely deployed bit of software in the world - second only to zlib - so the tools needed to read SQLite are probably already available on your system. SQLite is baked into every Mac and Windows machine. SQLite is not a thoroughly baked into Linux machines, but it is still pretty common. Text files are also opaque binaries in the sense that they are stored using a binary encoding on a disk drive or SSD. They seem less opaque because you have tools easily at hand (a filesystem and "cat") to access them. The point is this: Tools to access SQLite are also widely available. Perhaps not quite as widely as "cat", but nearly so. "Opaque" vs. "non-opaque" is not a binary property of data files. It is a question of degree. A text file might seem less opaque than a database, but that depends to some extent on the text that it contains. Try reading the HTML for a typical website. Or trying reading the XML that is at the core of a Word document or Power-Point presentation. Those files are all text, but they seem pretty opaque to me. > (o) Have a way to see what has changed between V1 and V2 of a database, > e.g., for a "change review." The "sqldiff" utility program will do this for you. Just as with the unix "diff" command, the "sqldiff" shows you (in human-readable form) the difference between two SQLite database files. The output takes the form of SQL statements that will transform the first file into the second. > (o) Have a way to merge two independent sets of database changes into a > single result in an understandable way. The sqldiff command will do this. If you have a baseline database B, and two separate derivative databases D1 and D2, you can merge those changes together by computing the differences in B->D1 and applying those changes to D2. Or compute the differences from B->D2 and apply those changes to D1. As with "patch" or "diff3", there is the possibility of merge conflicts, but you a clean merge surprisingly often. > (o) Have a way to make changes (update, insert, delete) to the DB data in a > pinch without specialized tools. I guess it all comes down to how you define "specialized". At some point, tools become sufficiently ubiquitous and common-place that they cease to be specialized. The SQLite command-line shell may have reached that threshold. If not, it is certainly close. SQLite is certainly not obscure or esoteric. It comes installed by default on just about every computer you can purchase today. -- D. Richard Hipp d...@sqlite.org _______________________________________________ sqlite-users mailing list email@example.com http://mailinglists.sqlite.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/sqlite-users