Well that all depends. The real reason for a primary key is to prevent duplicates,
therefore, if a combination of fields needs to be unique, then a multiple primary key
makes sense, especially if other tables will reference the field combination (for example,
detail items on an invoice where the invoice number will not be unique, and the detail
number will not be unique, but the combination of the two will be).
As for question #2, if two fields, one on each table, will be used to join tables
together, both fields should be indexed.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Adam Gerson [mailto:agersonl@stripped]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 9:09 AM
> To: nospam@stripped
> Cc: mysql@stripped; benchmarks@stripped
> Subject: Re: Can mysql handle this load?
> Is it better to set multiple primary keys or to set one key and index
> the other columns? If I have a primary key as a field in
> another table
> should it also be set as a key?
> On Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at 10:41 AM,
> <nospam@stripped> wrote:
> > i think this should be no problem...
> > i'd think of some table layout like this:
> > date int PRIMARY
> > student_id int PRIMARY
> > status int
> > extra_data what-you-want
> > then you should get about 360,000 records per year.
> > i saw people on this list reporting about millions of
> records etc...
> > and i guess they had a little greater tables than you
> should get here.
> > but why would you want to move any previous records to
> another table
> > all the time? just keep it in one table and back up anything older
> > than 5 years or so. that keeps your table at, say 50 MB,
> and you can
> > run real-time queries anytime :)
> > -yves
> > -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> > Von: "Adam Gerson" <agersonl@stripped>
> > An: <mysql@stripped>
> > Cc: <benchmarks@stripped>
> > Gesendet: Mittwoch, 9. Juli 2003 15:46
> > Betreff: Can mysql handle this load?
> >> I am writing an attendance system in php for my school. We have a
> >> little less then 1000 students. For every day of the
> school year one
> >> record will be entered into a table for each student representing
> >> their
> >> attendance status (present, absent, late, etc...). I also
> have several
> >> other supporting tables for relationships. When it comes
> to reporting
> >> and querying this DB I am worried that it will very quickly become
> >> very
> >> large and slow. Can mysql handle this? Are there any techniques to
> >> speed it up? I will trying indexing major columns.
> >> I have also considered keeping all previous days attendance in a
> >> separate table from the current days attendance and moving
> things over
> >> in the middle of the night. This way any operations on the current
> >> days
> >> data will go quickly, but reports on long term things will still be
> >> slow. Good idea?
> >> Thanks,
> >> Adam
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> >> Adam Gerson
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