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    Looking for testers of a new php package

    You do have a lot of good points I wont argue that, but lets say on settings/configurations, and let say that updates/edits do not happen on visitor level, but only in rare occasions where updates are made by one user at a time for the most part. Lets also say that the files are added into some type of version control to be shared and backed up. In these scenarios a package like this could work. I use it on some of my projects, and hugely for caching components. Yes its wrong of me to say its a complete SQL alternative, and I would never say use this to store statistical data. This is somewhat off topic but worth mentioning, Look at DynamoDB on AWS for a second, you pay for ever query you call, that itself to me is waste. Calling to a database in some other remote place is just an unnecessary hassle for static content. Now if you are storing thousands upon thousands of items, yeah don't use a flat file setup. But I am merely creating a better version of a key-value storage engine. Ive used MySQL for 10 years, its great, but web servers are getting faster, databases themselves are too much complexity for small simple projects. I'd rather work on my data out of the box instead of building a large relationship system, not to mention the changes to a database which you have to use migration systems to keep your team or anyone else using it up to date. At least with files, its a simple re-structure of the data.
  2. timothymarois

    Looking for testers of a new php package

    Thanks for the feedback! I didn't want to make it a component for a subset of use. It was designed as a standalone package, specifically for use on projects that I was working on at the time. You make a good point about the need to learn something new, but isn't that the same with anything you want to code with? Also upgrading needs a whole rewrite is not true if you stay within the versioning, that goes the same with any package you use, upgrading across major versions might need a whole rewrite depending on the depth, but thats still no reason why you don't choose a package. That happens everywhere. I needed a flat file solution, and there wasn't a good intuitive one available at the time, so I set out to do that. But I do appreciate the feedback, that was the purpose of this post. Thanks for the link to Awesome PHP, I will need to check out what they have there!
  3. timothymarois

    Looking for testers of a new php package

    Thank you for the feedback! Yes I am aware of the double writes which can lose data, another reason that makes flat file more difficult. But there are solutions that can be implemented. There is also the fact of writing challenges due to locking, which yes SQL is why statistical/transactional is best for. First I do like to say, SQLlite sometimes isnt the best option because it puts all of your data within one large file, that in itself has problems and overwhelming limitations. The idea of flat files is so you can manually edit documents without an admin or some type of interface, (like the growth of Yaml formats) and secondly it allows you to use version control on your database, this is increasingly becoming a bigger factor these days. I would say that so much content on a website is static and doesn't need to query the database every page load, but thats easily argued the user just needs to implement caching, so obviously not a selling point. You are also right, it is for small projects. I have an advertising optimization platform at one of my jobs, and I would never use flat files for that, MySQL has done a great job in securing of data and easily collecting reporting information. Ive had this for a while in small in house applications, and wanted to see if it was useful to anyone else so I went public. But I appreciate the feedback.
  4. https://github.com/tmarois/Filebase Looking for feedback, or issues/pull requests on github for a new package Ive released. It's also recognized on packagist for composer install, though it has no dependencies. It's a Flat File database, all designed in files and setup that allows you to manually edit and use version control on your database. I wrote a lot of documentation to make it easy to understand. I've got it up to 96% code coverage, but need some users to test it out and give some feedback. Designed the method APIs to be easy and intuitive, like a CRUD setup.
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