On 04/27/2010 12:11 AM, Dave Sherohman wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 11:09:38AM -0400, Dean Collins wrote:
>> Yeh but John, who is going to install MySQL for a desktop client?
> 1) John was responding to someone who said a database "wouldn't work for
> [him] since I do not have a desktop app, end I do not store anything in
> a database".  If he doesn't have a desktop app, then he's talking about
> a web app and, as John said, pretty much every web host out there gives
> you MySQL, no installation required.
> 2) MySQL isn't the only RDBMS out there...  If I were writing a desktop
> app which needed to handle significant amounts of data, I'd use SQLite.
> The SQLite libraries in every language I'm aware of aren't just
> interfaces to the database, but rather contain the entire database
> engine, so there's no external application to install.  This is a well-
> proven approach, with Firefox probably being the biggest-name
> application using an embedded SQLite database engine to handle its data.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SQLite

Fortunately, SQLite is small enough that having dozens of applications,
each with its own embedded binary of SQLite, doesn't run you out of RAM. ;-)

M. Edward (Ed) Borasky

"A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems." ~ Paul Erdős

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