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    database advice

    what would you prefer storing binary data in a database or just the pointer to the file?

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    i'm no expert but:
    I have to take into account the size of my db therefore i can't be storing large binary files in it.
    I also have a limit on the amount of data i can send/get to/from my db in a month...
    so overall i guess just a pointer to the file might be better.

    wait for da real db experts to answers your questions tho

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    ^ what he said. ^
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    I second that motion..... besides which, manipulating BLOBs is damn slow and a waste of precious DB server resources.
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    ok thanks. but if i'm going to backup the files i have to backup both the database and the files the pointers point to.

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    True, but there's next to no extra work involved in adding a folder of files to a backup, plus you'll have the considerable advantage of being able to esily restore individual files - if they are stored in the DB, you have to restore the entire old database, pull out the right BLOB, and insert it back into the current DB!!
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    ok i'm convince! THANKS

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    M@rco, your intellect is dizzying!

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    Thanks!
    (BTW, I notice you have two posts to go, Goof! Congrats in advance! )
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