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Whilst your answer is no doubt rigorous it lacks a little in the
helpfulness class!

You have explained many times before that base is not a database and
embedded hsql is evil. You haven't really explained why in either case, but
then I am much the same in declaiming Apple as the evil empire.

You focussed on "cloud" as if I had my head in it, I don't. Let me state it
again in less inflammatory ways - I want the database held in a single file
with no need for an engine - hence SQLite seemed ideal. So that is the way
I am pursuing but I am hitting snags (like ODBCConfig resolutely refusing
to install) so I was rather hoping somebody might come up with an
alternative or some help.

In the meantime, unless somebody can really convince me that embedded HSQL
is a disastrous approach I shall have to stick with that.

Incidentally stand alone HSQL seems to rely on java, and most of the
cognoscenti suggest avoiding java, so I shall!

On 14 September 2012 16:27, Andreas Säger <> wrote:

Am 14.09.2012 16:41, John Clegg wrote:

where I wouldn't be able to get at it without Internet access? (Dropbox of
course keeps local copies which it synchronises). Or is this one use use
where embedded HSQL really is the right answer??

All views appreciated!

Of course you can not access cloud content without internet access. This
office suite is a most conservative *desktop* application and Base is NOT a
database program. Just like MS Access it lets you connect to various types
of databases so you can access your data in this office suite. The whole
thing does not know anything about a so called "cloud".
No, the *embedded* HSQLDB is not an option. It is even much worse than the
JET database embedded in MS Access.
A stand-alone HSQLDB server may be a very good database solution if it
fits your needs. You can run the same tiny Java program on all platforms as
server, as client and in cached mode. But again, all this has nothing to do
with any cloud computing. It just works with client-server connections or
with plain single-user file access. If you are able to backup your files,
the medium should not matter.
If you need to access the same database from various places, it is about
nothing but database servers.

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