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    Hi,
    I'm a complete novice at PHP and pretty new to programming. I am trying to make a simple customised website using cookies. But I want to use a text file to store all of my user data in rather than a database. Can I do that, and if so how? could somebody give me a little bit of a head start here?

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    Richard Underwood
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    all you'd have to do is write it to a file somewhere that the script has read/write access to. there's nothing special about the flatfile, just make sure you have a good way of parsing it, and a consistent delimiter... however, if/when the flatfile gets large, your response time is going to get a lot longer... MySQL isn't that tough to learn, and if you're running a Win32 platform and don't want to pay for it, I'll bet you can find someone here that would be willing to give you minimal access on their MySQL server... (maybe)

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