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I like the idea of flat files but I don't know how they work! I am trying to break in to PHP and MySQL and I know PHP as far as including files, creating strings with html in them, printing strings, creating a cookie, reading a specific cookie, basic if / else structure and I can mod a prebuilt script to setup my own database (username/password). Anything else is probably above my head depending on it's complexity.
I'm not particularly looking to learn anything too specific but to get a general idea and hopefully that might hook on to something else later on in say I dunno three or four months down the road.
Anyway I appreciate any responses I get here! Thanks! :)
This is a file with data seperated by commas. The first column is name, then job, then phone number.
The main difference between that and say mysql is the way the file is read and the way it can link to other databases.
Basically, if you have simple data (like the above) then flat file is quick and easy.
You can use stuff like php or perl to read flat file data and they can quite easily handle thousands of records.
But if you are getting into more complex stuff such as relations e.g.
1,sleepless in seatle
3,debbie does springfield
Then flat files are too complicated and this stuff is ideal for something like mysql.
Spend some time googling out there for what you need. If you are sure that flat file is for you then you should find some old perl articles.
About 5 years ago I read some stuff on wdvl.com and how to use flat file database. The articles may still be there.