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On Tue, 02 Mar 2010 11:41:18 -0700
Joshua Jensen <> wrote:

> >> Is binary data important to me?  Based on the numbers above, you
> >> bet it is.
> >>        
> > I would suggest you need a different file format for such
> > large-scale data :)
> >      
> Why would you suggest that?  Lua loads all of that data from the
> binary Lua in 0.07 seconds.  Any other key/value pair setup will
> likely have even slower results.

I would have thought a well-designed format will load much quicker, if
anything because of the simpler data structure and less memory churn.
Only a really bad format would be slower.  It'd also have the advantage
that it'd be trivial to make the data portable between different
systems, if your application runs on different architectures.