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10.3. The Backing Store

You could get into some very complex stuff with the backing store using a database management system like MySQL or Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine (MSDE). Doing so would allow you to associate all kinds of information with your files; for example, you could add information that would allow you to view songs by genre or decade. However, we're going to keep things simple in this project and use a "database" that will be easy to access and understand—your filesystem. Using your filesystem as your backing store offers the advantage of simplicity at the expense of imposing some restrictions on how you view your library.

To start off, you'll need to have storage that is both large enough to accommodate your music collection and that is accessible to your web server. Chances are that both the web server and the media library are on the same machine, but they don't need to be.


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