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Yeah and like HTML5 has totally replaced our web server.

He means a flat file of JSON records. Your sarcasm is unnecessary and uncharitable.

The sarcasm was perhaps a little mean but he has a point. If a flat text file storing JSON could replace your database, then you probably never needed a DB in the first place.

Lots of people use full blown rdbms's when they dont need to (see blogs), its not a silly point and the sarcasm was unwarranted

Sarcasm is never unwarranted.

If you can use SQLlite, you probably didn't need a real database. So the use cases overlap a bit with flat-files and JSON.

The JSON flat file sounds like variable length records where length is determined by parsing each record with global reader/writer locking?

It's like public storage where you have to sift through everyone else's crap to get to yours, every item is stored in a bulk cargo box and only one customer gets to store their stuff at a time.

If you're interested in db internals, here's a few algorithms that MySQL uses. Note this doesn't cover InnoDB which performs far better under high concurrency loads and offers row level locking, clustered indexes, an excellent caching algorithm, foreign key constraints with cascade, etc..etc...


The way I've stored things in flat files is to make use of the file system's lookup capabilities. I wouldn't suggest storing data that may be requested or written to by more than one client at once with a method such as this, either. I wouldn't try to use it like a C array or anything. One file per user or more makes sense. I've also used stuff like this for system admin scripts.

Something like

   #get the file, decode, etc.
It's a quick and dirty caching method that has good persistence, of course, is relatively performant under low loads and easy to understand.

Thanks, I'll check out the MySQL thing, but I'm not actually intending to build my own database.

what's your cutoff line for something to be a "real database"? sqlite is fully acid compliant.

sqlite is single user and locks a bit too frequently to be very scalable, so while quite useful, I mean sqlite not capable of fully replacing a typical engine such as postgres or mysql.

How do you know he means that?

Because it's the only interpretation that makes sense, and charitable discussion demands that I assume my interlocutors are reasonable people who say things that make sense until I have evidence to the contrary.

AND fun

I think you could make your point better by asking a question about the negative consequences/limitations of using JSON.

Sarcasm doesn't aid in making points online because people who don't know anything about the issue at hand make sarcastic 'points' as easily as an expert.

I left it unsaid that I assumed SQLLite was normally used in places other than the traditional back end server data store - I tend to use postgreSQL / mysql or perhaps a noSQL variant such as couchDB/Mongo for server-side data.

So I meant that instead of using SQLLite on mobile devices, pc based local fat clients or in the browser... I now use JSON now whereas I might have used SQLLite before [ I also use JSON where I might have used XML or windows config files etc ]

I did not intend to say JSON is replacing MySQL / PostgreSQL.

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