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Thread: JDBC vs Serialization

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    Default JDBC vs Serialization

    I'm planning on making a desktop application that stores hash values of files as the key, and the value is some metadata.
    Should I use JDBC, or serialize a hashmap/table? I don't know anything about JDBC yet, so I'm not sure how to choose.


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    Default Re: JDBC vs Serialization

    JDBC is a tool to interact with a relational database...and a relational database is just that - its strength is in storing data across tables which can then be joined and queried in different ways. If all you wish to do is store key/value pairs, I'd say an alternative is to just store it in flat file format (I'm not a huge fan of serialization for saving data in this manner as it locks you into a particular implementation)

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    You could use java.util.prefs.Preferences if the metadata is simple. Have you designed for hash collisions?

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