RAM-based barely-transactional database which lets you forget about persistence for a (very) big while.
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RAM-based barely-transactional C# database which lets you forget about persistence for a (very) big while.

What you need to do to use RAMbase is to create a class that contains all of your models and mark it as [Serializable].

public class Root {
  public IList<User> Users { get; private set; }
  public IList<BlogPost> BlogPosts { get; private set; }

Then surround your model-accessing code with

using (var ctx = RAM.CreateContext<Root>())
using (var scope = ctx.CreateReadScope()) {

  // do non-modifying stuff with your model



using (var ctx = RAM.CreateContext<Root>())
using (var scope = ctx.CreateWriteScope()) {

  // modify your model


The above using blocks ensure that you're not incorrectly writing to the model from multiple threads resulting in inconsistent model state. Internally, a ReaderWriterLockSlim is used.

RAMBase is actually a product of my frustration over having to install and setup large relational databases (or any NoSQL for that matter) just to store a small set of data.

Some projects just calls for a simple file-based persistence with all data loaded into the RAM at runtime. Sure, you could throw in some JSON serialization love or BinaryFormatter for its simplicity but why do that time and time again? Just throw in RAMBase and forget about persistence until your project gets really big.


By default RAMbase will try to persist your model to disk every 2 seconds after a write or a read at the system's temp folder using the BinaryFormatter (may change to custom serializer in the future -- I already have a working implementation in several projects but it may not be generic enough).

To customize how RAMbase works, instead of creating a new context directly, use the Configure<T>() method instead:

var settings = RAM

The above code will create a RAMbase Settings<T> which saves data to C:\MyAppFolder every 5 seconds (still needs a call into the context to trigger the save) and then to obtain a new context, simply doL

var context = settings.CreateContext();

More features will be added in the future if it proves to be of interest.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to ping me on twitter @chakrit or just shoot me an email.


If you find it interesting, a few points where I think might be good addition is:

  • A better default persistence (I have one implementation using Reflection which I might add to RAMbase in the future).
  • More persistence choices. JSON, XML, protobuf, blah blah.
  • Some transaction support. Atomic writes, never corrupts save file etc.
  • Compact runtime support. Silverlight, WP7 etc.

This code is PUBLIC DOMAIN. Use it however you want. Also, there is no guarantee whatsoever of any use. Use it at your own risk.