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SQLite As An Application File Format and Its Component Analysis

SQLite As An Application File Format and Its Component Analysis

While working with files such as EPUB were you ever curious to know that how the text and the images in the file function or work hand in hand? This is because EPUB is an application file format. In this post we will shed some light on application file formats and how SQLite functions as an application file format.

Application File Formats-What Are They?

Before getting acquainted with SQLite as an application file format, it is necessary to get a complete insight into what actually is an application file format. An application file format is a simple file format that enables exchange of information between two or more applications. Moreover, these file formats are responsible for storing the present state of the running application to the hard disk. DOC, DWG, PPT, PDF, XLS, etc. are some of the application file formats that used in their respective applications.

Application File Formats are classified as 

1)   Pile-Of-Files

2)   Fully Custom

3)   Wrapped Pile-Of-Files


SQLite As An Application File Format

The applications that use Pile-Of-Files formats for their functioning can also deploy SQLite as their application format. In contrast to a Pile-Of-File formats, when SQLite is used as an application file format it is not limited to key or value structure. A SQLite database contains hundreds of tables, hundreds of fields in the tables and hundreds of data types and constraints in these fields. These attributes cross-reference each other, can be indexed in an instance and are stored in the hard disk. SQLite database when used as an application file format functions in a much more optimized way than pile of files and wrapped pile of files formats. It is to be noted that it is more versatile than any of the other application file format.

SQLite Components In Application File.

Being an Application File formats SQLIte File support or associate various components such as tables, triggers etc. Exploring all these components in details can help to know more about SQLite.So manually analysing this file is not easy so SQLite Browser can be a good option.