On Jul 30, 2006, at 5:37 PM, Ashutosh wrote:
> Currently I have a windows application that deals with reading and
> writing patient information. At this moment each patient has its
> individual ascii file and I use the fread and fwrite to read and write
> files respectively. After being in existence for 6 years now, I feel
> strongly to moving towards a database option where patient information
> will reside in a database and reading and writing would be handled by
> Insert, Edit & Select statement. Our primary users are pharmacist and
> doctors who are not very computer savy.
> I am interested in using PostGreSql database. Thus, my question
> if I used PostGreSql Database and provide it with my application will
> the user need to install any drivers at their end or do I provide
> library files along with the application to serve as postgresql
> This is my first question on this newsgroup so if I am not explained
> the issue properly please let me know.
Generally, your application would be linked to the libpq library
would enable it to access PostgreSQL anywhere on the network without
installing anything except your application.
But PostgreSQL is a client/server database and the difference between
managing some ASCII files and a database server is large in terms of
setup and management. If you just need an embedded database for
single user access, something like SQLite would be a better choice
John DeSoi, Ph.D.
Power Tools for PostgreSQL
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