Storage - refers to questions where data persistence and storage questions and techniques are asked.

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What is the advantage of little endian format?

Intel processors (and maybe some others) use the little endian format for storage. I always wonder why someone would want to store the bytes in reverse order. Does this format have any advantages ...
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What is the best and most cost affordable solution for storing user uploaded videos and pictures?

I'm in the process of building an iOS application that will allow users to upload short videos (low res. and < 5 seconds) as well as full-size images as taken by their iOS device. Not being ...
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What should be done with code that has reached end of life?

When a project has reached end of life and is being retired, either because the technology is obsolete, a newer version of the program has been rewritten, or it no longer solves a problem that is ...
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Storing credit card information: Looking for a creative solution

I recently found the need to do recurrent billing. I am extremely averse to storing people's credit card information and I refuse to take risks in that area. I am stuck between a rock and a hard ...
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How to decide between storage formats and what are example use cases for some of them?

We have different ways to store program data (save files in games, employee databases, program configuration etc.): Plain text (think .ini and .conf) XML Databases (MySQL, SQLite...) .zip and ...
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What are the most common options for data storage in desktop applications?

When I was working as a website designer/engineer I primarily used databases for storage of much of my dynamic data. It was very easy and convenient to use this method and seemed like a standard ...
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Sensitive Data Storage - Best Practices

I recently started working on a personal project where I was connecting to a database using Java. This got me thinking. I have to provide the login information for a database account on the DB server ...
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responsibility for storage

A colleague and I were brainstorming about where to put the responsibility of an object to store itself on the disk in our own file format. There are basically two choices: object.store(file) ...