09-14-2004, 04:00 PM
Hi, I'm new to escal and php. I see the calendar can be setup using a flat file or MySQL. Which is better??? why??
09-15-2004, 06:19 AM
Well basically, it all depends on how you will be using it. If you do have access to a MySQL database, I would tend to say "If you got it, why not use it" but there might be a few reasons why you'd want to use the flat file instead. Example: backups, it's much easier to download a single file than doing an export on the database.
On the other hand, when you upgrade to the next version, if you forget to backup your flat-file and delete your installation folder and extract the new one over it, you might lose your data. Whereas having a database installation, you only have to re-specify the database information in the configuration.
As far as access speed goes, it's almost the same when you have just a few events, but as your database grows, a MySQL installation would have a speed advantage over the flat-file.
I hope that this information will help you make a decision on which one to use. If you have any other questions about ESCal's options, feel free to ask them! :teeth_smi
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