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    WDF Staff Wired's Avatar
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    Does anyone have any tips for creating one? I'm planning on creating one that involves user logins and segmented access to certain entries in the database, partial BB system, and able to contain potentially millions of entries. Yes, I am still currently looking into open source ones to modify, but nothing's close to what I want. Sorry I can't be more specific, but this project's my baby!
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    I would reccomend the majority of it (not bb part) be flatfile... make life easier.
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    flatfile? I think I know what you mean, but please define this term.
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    Meaning, don't use a database, use a text-file based system. It's on my list of things to learn, I know VERY simple methods (i.e. changing fields with |), but that's all. It allows for true plug n' play integration. On things that aren't being constantly updated, performance really isn't an issue, and makes life a lot easier.
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    even if you do find some typa current cms that is typa what you want you will have issues adding yourown functional aspects to it. I do suggest taking snippets of useful code from various systems, eg. a forum and using the parts that you can understand how they work. that way when your debugging its alot easier... but i would recommend using database. and why. because i think its very simple and clean. but thats just me....

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    although flatfile sounds easier.

    it's generally not.


    if you use flatfile then you have to write code, or use someone elses code, that sorts through the whole file and updates or extracts data.


    if you want to potentially put millions of entries in then use a database system that's already been developed, like mysql. It's way easier than using flat file databases.

    and becauase it's a well used format you can find alsorts of programs to manage it with.

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    I'm definitely sticking with DB, as it's easier to change one bit of info, with a minimal amount of code.
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    "Flat file" and "millions of records" don't do well together.

    While XML is a nice way of storing information for a CMS, it's not good for really BIG projects.

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    Thanks for all of the input so far guys.

    FYI, I'd like to make this project a complete open source project with help from everyone, but ATM with my specific usage for it, I'm freaking paranoid!!! ATM it's only me and one other guy.
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    We could start an "open source" forum where people post ideas for open-source projects and create stickies for official projects, with one member / moderator assigned to each as the official project lead.

    What do you guys think about that?


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