>Yes, most of the PCs in the office don't use databases, and employ
>proprietary technology to push the data. I don't need this performance
>(up to hundreds of updates/sec, but am concerned about doing multiple
>repeated queries, even if I include timestamp information to reduce the
>data returned by the SELECT), as it will almost certainly produce a heavy
>load on the db server).
Maybe I just wasn't being clear. You don't do the selects on the client,
but on the server. You do it ONCE. THEN you take the data and push it out
to all the clients. If you do a select, then push out the data, then do
another select, and put that in a loop, I hardly think the database server
will break a sweat, as most of the server's time will be spent pushing out
the data to the clients rather than running queries.