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    using databases with C++

    Well.. i know a good deal of mySQL, and i saw that mySQL has a little API that allows you to use your mySQL db in conjunction with C++.

    Now, i'm wondering if i can use a db to store information for a game, like monster's stats and items and such. The problem is that i don't know if and how i can make the DB portable, so i can include with the game and not have to have the user set up mySQL on their comps in order to play.

    Anyone have any experience with mySQL and C++ interactivity? I'd like to know if my db idea is at all feasible or possible.

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    Its not a good idea. First, setting up MySQL would be a pain on client computers. Second, MySQL is a seperate process/service. Third, relational databases like MySQL aren't easy to extend with. If you wanna add a new stat, you'll need a new query etc. If you want to add a unit-specific attribute, its not possible. Fourth, there is a reason why no one's done this before...

    You got a ton of other choices:
    Code:
    <!-- XML: -->
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
    <race name="farm">
       <unit name="pony">
          <speed value="5" />
          <damage value="10" />
          <comment>A deadly creature with claw-like fangs.</comment>
       </unit>
       ...
    </farm>
    Code:
    // text data file:
    unit
    {
       name = "pony";
       speed = 5;
       damage = 10;
       comment = "A deadly creature with claw-like fangs.";
    }
    Code:
    binary lol:
    ѤL=:!}ZUM

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    oh ....

    DUH. XML is the logical solution. I can't believe i didn't think of that.


    Now.. to find a good XML parser in C++. I don't really feel like writing my own.

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