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Read records into a buffer

Posted on 2004-10-01
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I have the following type defination in my code

Type ColorChart
    ChartNumber As Long
    EmployeeNumber As Long
    ChartDay As Byte
    ChartMonth As Byte
    ChartYear As Integer
    ChartDeleted As Byte
End Type

this defination is used when reading and writing to a binary file using the following Var

Public CChart As ColorChart

I am currently looping through each records in the binary file to read in the records.  (this is an old app and the data structure was designed before I came along)

I have been told that if I read a couple of records into a Buffer at 1 time that this would be the fastest way of reading the file.

How do I use a buffer - and how do I calculate how may records I can read into a buffer?



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Jaime Olivares earned 690 total points
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You must use an array similar to:

Dim Buffer(10) As ColorChart

Then, don't read 1 structure at a time, but 10
Also you can use a control variable to specify buffer size and another to specify record number of first element. This will increase the access speed noticeably.
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by:CiaranG
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Well I am reading records using the following

get #chartfileno, (len(colorchart) * looper)+1), colorchart

how do I read 10 records into a buffer at once?



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CiaranG
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