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Sat, 10 Jul 2010 18:47:23 -0400 (EDT)
This message announces the availability of wb-2b1.
"WB" is a disk based (sorted) associative-array database package
providing C, SCM, Java, and C# libraries. These associative arrays
consist of variable length (0.B to 255.B) keys and values. Functions
are provided to:
* create, destroy, open and close disk-files and associative arrays;
* insert, delete, retrieve, find next, and find previous (with
respect to dictionary order of keys); and
* apply functions, delete, or modify values over a range of
consecutive key values.
WB is thread safe (so long as HAND structures are not shared between
threads). The `put' and `rem' operations allow associations to be
used for thread mutexs.
The WB implementation has a file size limit of 2^32 * block size
(default 2048.B) = 2^43 bytes (8796.GB). WB does its own memory and
disk management and maintains a RAM cache of recently used blocks.
Multiple associative arrays can reside in one disk file. Simultaneous
access to multiple disk files is supported.
The (database) disk files interoperate between the various language
platforms. The interface to the SCM Scheme implementation supports
longer data values and SLIB relational databases.
A structure checking and garbage collecting program and a block viewer
WB is lightweight; compiled on x86_64 GNU/Linux, the wb-2b1 library
java/wb.jar 51 kB Java archive (zipped)
csharp/Wb.dll 63 kB PE for MS Windows (DLL) Mono/.Net assembly
c/libwb.so 81 kB ELF 64-bit LSB shared object, stripped
91 kB ELF 64-bit LSB shared object, not stripped
c/libwb.a 131 kB binary 64-bit library archive
c/wbscm.so 113 kB ELF 64-bit LSB shared object DLL for SCM, not stripped
WB is implemented using a variant of B-tree structure. B-trees give
slower access than hashing but are dynamic and provide an efficient
determination of successor and predecessor keys. All operations are
O(log(n)) in the size of the database. B-trees are commonly used by
database systems for implementing index structures. B-trees are
optimized for using the minimum number of disk operations for large data
structures. Prefix and suffix key compression are used for storage
efficiency in WB.
WB is free software and part of the GNU project. It is released under
the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).
Documentation and distributions in several formats are linked from
WB's home page:
Links to distributions of WB and related softwares are at the end of
wb-2b1 is a major revision. Details at
* "Clean" flag detects opening DB-file which was closed uncleanly.
* API calls now fail gracefully when passed a null han or seg argument.
* blkio rewrittent to improve robustness and error detection and reporting.
* Multiple calls to final and close procedures handled gracefully.
* Supports GNU configure.
* Makefile: Reorganized per <http://www.gnu.org/prep/standards/>.
* Added corner-case tests.
* C# port fixed; improved organization of C# source.
* "schlep" script renamed to "scm2c".
WB source is available from:
Also available as binary RPMs:
WB comes with an interface to the Scheme implementation SCM; and
contains "wbtab.scm", SCM code allowing WB to implement SLIB
SCM source is available from:
Also available as binary RPMs:
The i386 MS-Windows installer for SCM includes the WB Scheme API:
SLIB is a portable Scheme library which SCM uses:
Also available as RPM:
Also available as MS-Windows installer:
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