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I am working on a little side project and I am currently trying to work out how to hold a history.
At the top is a document, each document is a series of name / value pairs with the value potentially being a list of name / values itself. Each document is stored within a file and is human, as well as machine, readable.

So I need to contain the history within the document and keep it human readable. I would like to just append the file with the latest version, but that would result in a large file in the end with often only one or two values changing on each update.

My original idea was this:

0 {
  name bob
  age 42
  address {
    house 4
    road high street
1 {
  # another year older
  age 43
2 {
  address {
    # change the house number
    house 7

This works from a storage and retrieval perspective, however after a few versions it could become cumbersome. I can rebuild the content for any version from the previous ones, but is there a better way?

Remember I need to keep it human readable.
Posted 6-Feb-13 1:33am
Nagy Vilmos316.9K

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Solution 1

Try a document store database engine like my : RaptorDB - the Document Store[^]
Which does all this for you.
Nagy Vilmos 6-Feb-13 8:49am
I have looked at that and it is helping me a bit.
My issue is a design thing. The development is in Java as it is supposedly to run on Linux as well as Windows.
Mehdi Gholam 6-Feb-13 8:53am
On java there are a number of doc stores like : orientdb etc. check this site :

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