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Re: Decoding a propietary database

From: Gene Wirchenko <genew_at_shuswap.net>
Date: 2000/03/08
Message-ID: <38c68148.1175954@news.shuswap.net>#1/1

Christopher Waguespack <@teche.net> wrote:

>As a personal project, i'm trying to figure out how to write a front end
>for an older proprietary database format. I have the db, and with a hex
>editor I can see some small portion of the datasets and layout for the
>information. Any suggestions on how i would proceed to "open up" the db
>format?

     First of all, see if it has already been done. Post what extensions the data uses. Try a conversion program.

     Failing that, in your place, I would try to determine the logical record length and then go after metadata (with the first look being for a header). Next comes determining the fields (if that isn't in the metadata).

     Rather general advice, yes, but there are too many ways to set up a file format.

Sincerely,

Gene Wirchenko

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Received on Wed Mar 08 2000 - 00:00:00 CST

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