Parseable data store - VB.Net

We have a requirement to have multiple programs write to a single parseable data store on a PC. The programs are written in VB.Net 2008.

The method needs to be thread safe.

What methods can we use to do this.
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ChloesDadAsked:
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CodeCruiserCommented:
A database like SQL Server would be best suited.
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Bob LearnedCommented:
It all depends on what you mean by "parseable", and how you intend to store and retrieve the data.  You could use a relational model, like MySQL or SQL Server, or you could use a No SQL system like MongoDB.
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ChloesDadAuthor Commented:
What I mean by parseable is that its not just a flat text file.

We were thinking of using WCF as this is all built into the framework and does not require any additional costs to us or our clients, but are there any other methods available that we should consider
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Bob LearnedCommented:
What kind of data are you storing?  WCF is a communication channel, not a data store technology.  Also, think about Web API or ServiceStack, instead WCF.

ServiceStack
https://servicestack.net/
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ChloesDadAuthor Commented:
It is going to be an audit log of actions that are made by users of the system. There are at least three programs that need to write to the same log. The programs have multiple threads running at the same time that may need to write out data to the audit log.
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Bob LearnedCommented:
That sounds like a job for a logging assembly, like Log4Net or Enterprise Library logging.
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ChloesDadAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions.

We have decided to use this logging assembly http://www.theobjectguy.com/dotnetlog/ as it gave us the tools we needed and the source code so that we could modify to meet out own exact needs.
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