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As is often the case, the answer depends on the problem you're trying to solve. What difficulties are you having with flat files? You mention random access and record locking, so it may be that using a database back end might be the answer. Then again, as MidLifeXis suggests, DBM::Deep might ease your pain.

Of course, XML might be good, so you might find something like MongoDB to be better.

Different problems require different solutions ... there is no silverbullet..

(Yes, the entire post was just for that punchline....)


When your only tool is a hammer, all problems look like your thumb.

In reply to Re: File I/O structure by roboticus
in thread File I/O structure by silverbullet

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