>>>>> "TRR" == Tracy R Reed <treed@stripped> writes:
>> Another thing, good table design can save you a lot of disk space and
>> will speed up your queries. Normalize your tables, replace chars with
>> ints whenever possible, index your tables well.
TRR> I have a database which contains a field with comma separated
TRR> integers in a very long list. I can't use ints here obviously,
TRR> but it has been bugging me for quite a while because I know
TRR> there's got to be a better way of storing this info. I want to
TRR> associate all of these values with the key. Any suggestions?
If you're storing a list in this manner, your database is not
normalized enough. Get your self a good book on database theory and
see what they have to say about it.
Basically, you want to represent any kind of list as a series of
tuples of the form (key,value). You will want to pull that field out
of your current table, and make it into its own table with just those
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