beginning programming question

I am beginning to play with Java and the first application I would like to build will require storeing data inbetween program runs. I figure I could write to a text file, but I was wondering if there might be a better way to approach it? My plan is to have stored data that is read into an array or list at program start up then used while in the program. When I exit the program the data (and any new data added) is written back to the storage area.  No being very familure with Java and wanting to learn, I am really looking more for guidance than anything.

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dwandersAsked:
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Giant2Connect With a Mentor Commented:
With JDBC you can execute query (fundamentally).
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arataniConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Well, if the data you are going to write is simple then you should use a text file with the data and read the data and parse the file on start up.

However, if your data is too complex you could use object serialization to write the object (i.e. the array or the list) directly to the file and read it from there again. In this way, you won't need to parse the file and you could load the object directly from the file.

If you want to store the data, you have to use the files. If you want to understand the format then you have to decide how to write it to the file, and then read it from there. Otherwise, if you don't want to understand how the data is written and just read the data again from the file (without worrying about the structure of the data or the list), then you could use serialization.

You could just use the examples provided here and use it, it is pretty simple,

http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/essential/io/serialization.html
http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/essential/io/serializing.html

It is one of the nice features of Java. Hope you'll be on your way,

AJ
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objectsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You could serialize the array using ObjectOutputStream, then use ObjectInputStream to read it back.
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CodingExpertsCommented:
Can you please elaborate the exact problem more.
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MogalManicConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Look into XMLEncoder and XMLDecoder.  They can be used to serialize and deserialize Beans as XML files.  Something like this:
      Person[] people = {new Person(),new Person()};
      try {
            final String fileName="c:/temp/test.xml";
            BufferedOutputStream out = new BufferedOutputStream(new FileOutputStream(fileName));
            XMLEncoder r = new XMLEncoder(out);
            
            
            r.writeObject(people);
            r.close();
      } catch (IOException e) {
            
            e.printStackTrace();
      }
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Giant2Commented:
You can even use a Database to store the data, so to store and retrieve you can use the JDBC. In this manner you do not worry about serialization, etc. Only save and retrieve (the concurrence could be solved by Database itself; if you use file to save and restore, the concurrent access must be solved by your code).

Bye, Giant.
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dwandersAuthor Commented:
I will look into the above (serialization etc...), that database approch sounds interesting - In Visual Basic, I have been told it is pretty simple to add an Access database to a program as you data source - would this JDBC be the equivalent of that? If so - where can I find information about writting an app that has a small database (that is accessed only by the single program user - that gets packaged with the program itself) as a datasource?
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Giant2Commented:
I think a split could be done.
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