Paul Dupuis wrote:

> For strange legacy application reasons, when lines get added to the
> set of fields (a frequency action by users - sometimes adding hundreds
> of lines a day), the data has to be repackaged into this tab delimited
> structure in a single variable to run some procedures on.
> So a user driven action of:
> 1) Add a line (or a few) to the fields
> 2) repackage data and run a few procedures
> 3) User repeats starting at step 1
> Can become very slow as the number of lines in the fields gets large
> - as you all have noted!

I'd just bite the bullet and replace those columnar fields with one delimited field.

 Richard Gaskin
 Fourth World Systems
 Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web

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