* Scott Haneda
> What would be a good way to deal with the following...
> I have a form that has 5 checkboxes on it, lets say the
> checkboxes are for categories, and more than one can be
> For example:
> please tell is what brochure you want
>  car
>  boat
>  truck
>  SUV
>  beetle
> I have been asked to provide statistics on how many total form
> submissions there are per month. This part seems pretty simple,
> I just add a new record every time the form is sent.
> They also want to know stats on which categories were picked as
> well. I don't know if I should create one table to store just
> the fact that a form has been posted, and then another to store
> the 5 above values.
> I don't see the 5 categories being changed, so I could create 5
> fields in one table, and tally them that way, or I could create
> one field and put the actual value in that field and tally them
> that way.
> Any suggestions are appreciated.
Consider the SET column type:
<URL: http://www.mysql.com/doc/en/SET.html >
There are at two nice things SET provides: 1) the compact storing, you would
pack all five checkboxes in a single byte, and 2) you can use binary
The downside is you can't index on a SET column efficiently, or more
accurately: mysql can't use the index when you use binary operators or the
LIKE operator with "%" as the first character. But that's probably not
relevant in your case.