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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Behold the ideal database tooling combination

As I've mentioned earlier, I've spent most of my time in the last year managing data instead of developing strategies. Its a dirty job... but somebody's gonna do it  and with the right tooling somebody has already done it for you.
In my search for the ideal database tooling I've tried native matlab files, excel, MySql, Access and plain csv, before settling for far-from-ideal xml - *.mat combination. Still, a lot of programming is required to manage data this way.
A couple of days ago I finally found the solution: SQLite + mksqlite . Both packages are simply excellent: a serverless database contained in a single file plus a very fast matlab interface. The best thing with this combination is that one does not need a db server or any drivers to take full advantage of an SQL database.
Thanks to the open source community, I can now really start focusing on strategy development instead of data management.