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Coder and teacher. Personal site at http://alexchaffee.com. Author of Code Like This. Founder and ex-CTO of Cohuman. Co-creator of Pivotal Tracker. Ex-Pivot.


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answered In agile development, should I try persistence in flat file before database?
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comment In agile development, should I try persistence in flat file before database?
"Plans are useless, but planning is essential." - Eisenhower
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comment In agile development, should I try persistence in flat file before database?
And your terribly large assumption is that they have to hand-write all the seek and data-table construction type code manually! :-) Usually when you use a flat file you start by using your language's built-in serialization format (e.g. Marshal in Ruby, or NSKeyedArchiver in Cocoa/Objective-C) and just dump out some existing internal objects. As long as your app doesn't have to reload too often, and as long as you get a handle on schema changes across app versions, this technique can work remarkably well for a long time, especially during development.
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