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Hello All, I am writing a web application that would allow users to upload word Document files, I am using Hibernate to access the MySQL database. Please does any one have suggestion about how i can write the application that is how to store word documents into a MYSQL database
Word documents are only binary data: you should be able to store them as BLOBs in an SQL database... I don't use Hibernate though, so can't suggest anything there. This is probably better off in the JDBC forum. If you want Web app advice, try the Servlets or JSP forums - as a hint, you'll want to use a form (probably HTML or JSP) with HTTP POST and a servlet to receive the POST data.
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Charles suggestion is correct. We use BLOBs to store PDF documents but to ORACLE instead of MYSQL. I'm not sure Hibernate can handle BLOB data though I have very little experience with it. And CRUDing BLOBs usually is not as simple as INSERT, SELECT, UPDATE and DELETE. So I too would suggest plain JDBC.
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Hi Guys, Its true you can use LOBS but actually there are some considerations not to keep the documents at the database at all but to keep them on the file-system. If you require access to these files form several servers, you will not to store them on some storage that is available on the network (NFS, SAN, NAS)
- Inserting and reading large BLOBS (more that several MBs) suffer from low performance, sometime even horrible performance. - The file system is already a sort of a database. It has an hierarchial structure to keep files and it is build for file access. In many cases you will want to search or access files according to their directory tree ( /users/documents/word/my.doc ). - If you would like users to download these files, it is best you have in a 'download ready state', without having to read them by code and send them as bytes over some servlet. - You cant look at files content when they are in the database, sometimes, this is an issue.
Many content management software solutions keep files on the file-system and file meta-data in the database (such as the file-name, author, upload time and such).