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Linux Magazine: Comparing Databases

Sep 23, 2002, 08:30 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Jepson)

"Persistence is all too often the drudge work of any project. It's fun to design and develop an application, but when it comes time to figure out how to store and fetch data to and from persistent (or long-term) storage, the work can get complicated, unruly, and downright aggravating.

"In most cases, you don't need to 'roll your own' persistent storage engine. Instead, you can pick from a number of different databases that are out there, some of which may already be installed on your Linux system.

"Generally speaking, there are four different types of databases available on Linux: key/value, relational, object-oriented, and XML. Each has strengths and weaknesses..."

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