In databases a flat file refers to data files that contain records with no structured relationships. Flat files may contain only basic formatting, have a small fixed number of fields, and it may or may not have a file format.
- Flat-File Database
A relatively simple database system in which each database is contained in a single table. In contrast, relational database systems can use multiple tables to store information, and each table can have a different record format.
- flat file system
A system of organizing files in an operating system in which all files are stored in a single directory. In contrast to a hierarchical file system, in which there are directories and subdirectories and different files can have the same name as long as they are stored in different directories, in a flat file system […]
- flat-panel display
A very thin display screen used in portable computers. Nearly all modern flat-panel displays use LCD technologies. Most LCD screens are backlit to make them easier to read in bright environments.
- flatbed scanner
A type of optical scanner that consists of a flat surface on which you lay documents to be scanned. Flatbed scanners are particularly effective for bound documents.
- flat technology monitor
Often abbreviated as FTM, flat technology monitors are monitors that have a flat display screen to reduce glare. Conventional display screens are curved, which makes them more susceptible to reflections from external light sources. Do not confuse flat technology monitors with flat-panel displays. Flat-panel displays are the display screens used in laptops and other portable […]