SQLite vs SQL Server

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Would any one please differentiate what is best to use SQLite or SQL Server? I was using XML file as a data storage ADD, delete , update.. Some one suggested to use SQLite for fast operation but I am not familier with SQLite I know SQL Server.

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Solution 1 - Sql Server

SQLite is a great embedded database that you deploy along with your application. If you're writing a distributed application that customers will install, then SQLite has the big advantage of not having any separate installer or maintenance--it's just a single dll that gets deployed along with the rest of your application.

SQLite also runs in process and reduces a lot of the overhead that a database brings--all data is cached and queried in-process.

SQLite integrates with your .NET application better than SQL server. You can write custom function in any .NET language that run inside the SQLite engine but are still within your application's calling process and space and thus can call out to your application to integrate additional data or perform actions while executing a query. This very unusual ability makes certain actions significantly easier.

SQLite is generally a lot faster than SQL Server.

However, SQLite only supports a single writer at a time (meaning the execution of an individual transaction). SQLite locks the entire database when it needs a lock (either read or write) and only one writer can hold a write lock at a time. Due to its speed this actually isn't a problem for low to moderate size applications, but if you have a higher volume of writes (hundreds per second) then it could become a bottleneck. There are a number of possible solutions like separating the database data into different databases and caching the writes to a queue and writing them asynchronously. However, if your application is likely to run into these usage requirements and hasn't already been written for SQLite, then it's best to use something else like SQL Server that has finer grained locking.

UPDATE: SQLite 3.7.0 added a new journal mode called Write Ahead Locking that supports concurrent reading while writing. In our internal multi-pricess contention test, the timing went from 110 seconds to 8 seconds for the exact same sequence of contentious reads/writes.

Solution 2 - Sql Server

Both are in different league altogether. One is built for enterprise level data management and another is for mobile devices (embedded or server less environment). Though SQLite deployments can hold data in many hundred GBs but that is not what it is built for.

Updated: to reflect updated question: Please read this blog post on SQLite. I hope that would help you and let you access it from redirect you to resources to programatically access SQLite from .net.


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