I agree it is poor design, but other than putting a full text index on the
answers I'm not sure what can be done.
Of course, that might well be faster for retrievals; but it would be slower
on insertion. I don't know which would predominate in this case.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Martijn Tonies [mailto:m.tonies@stripped]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 10:13 AM
> To: mysql@stripped
> Subject: Re: Max columns in a tabel in MyISAM storage engine
> > Not necessarily. I do precisely this for a data base whose
> structure I do
> > not control. I stuff
> > |code1|code2|code3| ...
> > Into an unused text field. The users can query on LIKE
> "%|code2|%. The key
> > is to have a delimiter at the start and end of the entire
> list, so that
> > string match doesn't get confused.
> > Of course, this would probably be painfully slow. I can't
> say whether or
> > it would be slower than the other alternatives.
> It is slow, because it cannot use an index.
> All in all, bad design IMO, cause you _know_ it's slow beforehand.
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