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Php, jive, database

I want to integrate jive with a website, since I want to access some of the same data I was thinking about merging the jive database and webpage database into one and use the jiveUser table for loging in both to the webpage and the jive server. Is merging the website database and jive database a bad solution? Should I instead consider using LDAP for authentication and access the jive data via plugins to the jive server?

If not, I am wondering about how the jive server will deal with other programs updating and adding rows to it’‘s database tables while it’'s running. Will it work just fine or would jive need any changes to handle it well?

From what I gathered while reading this forum, Jive buffers parts of its database-tables. In that case, writing to it from outside Jive Messenger might cause some difficulties. here’'s a url=http://www.jivesoftware.org/community/thread.jspa?messageID=101903&#101903previous posting[/url] with more information.