Are date columns stored as String or Integer in a MyISAM table?
I am trying to squeeze more speed from my application and a date column is
used in most of the indexes for my tables. I'm wondering if changing the
Date data type to an Integer is going to speed the queries up. I'm using
Delphi and internally it represents dates as float so using integers will
speed up the Delphi code. But the main slow down I have is with executing
the queries. The dates are used in the indexes, sorting, and in a few table
joins. So is there a speed advantage of switching the dates to integer?