[olug] Software suggestion

Daniel Linder dan at linder.org
Wed Aug 16 14:11:23 UTC 2006

On Wed, August 16, 2006 06:42, Craig Wolf wrote:
> These people help out less than fortunate families by loaning out
> toys/books/etc. to thier young children for a set period of time.  They
> want to move away from the Filemaker Pro DB they are currently using.  I
> believe that it is time for them to have a server vs 1 laptop running this
> db.

Doesn't Reboot The User have a library program from the various books that
he loans out?  I got the impression that it was web based, and open
source.  I can't remember the URL right now.

If you end up rolling your own web site, my personal thoughts would be to
use a flat file with locking rather than a full SQL implementation.  I
would assume that the peak user load for this server wouldn't be more than
2-3 at a time, so a low-end server with Apache and Perl could easily keep
up with the simple insert/update/delete type operations this DB would
require.  The advantage is that the flat file could be human readable and
easily parsable so that a non-techie could view the file and get a good
idea of where the items are.

Just my two cents...


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