[Cialug] OT?: DBMs

David Champion dchampion at visionary.com
Mon Oct 29 11:57:48 CDT 2007

It depends a lot on what you're doing with it... the DBMS trade off a
lot of features for read-only speed. The full SQL databases offer a lot
of other things that may (or may not) be important to you.


Stuart Thiessen wrote:
> I am curious why?  It was my understanding that if you have equal parts
> of reading and writing, then SQL databases were more recommended because
> the speed of handling transactions both ways and handling multiple
> writes from multiple sources. On the other hand, if you were dealing
> with more reading and only occasional writing (usually from a managed
> source) then a DBM or XML approach were better because the "increased
> complexity" of SQL didn't provide additional benefits over DBM or XML.
> The ability of DBM and XML to store the data like your application views
> it provided a better benefit in terms of speed and processing than add
> the necessary processing to convert your data between the application's
> processing of it and the relational database structure. At least that
> was what my reading so far has indicated.
> Thanks,
> Stuart
> On 29 Oct 2007, at 11:04 , Jeffrey C. Ollie wrote:
>> On Mon, 2007-10-29 at 10:46 -0500, Stuart Thiessen wrote:
>>> Also, I am curious if any of you have preferences about which DBM to
>>> use? This particular application will be read-mostly and write-
>>> occassionally, which as I understand is the strength of a DBM? Which
>>> one would you recommend if I am using both python and PHP to connect
>>> to that DBM and access the data? Currently, I plan to use python to
>>> handle a standalone application access and PHP to provide a web-based
>>> access.
>> I'd recommend MySQL or PostgreSQL vs. trying to use a DBM library.
>> Jeff
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