[wp-hackers] Metadata Mess

Malaiac malaiac at gmail.com
Tue Dec 22 20:42:39 UTC 2009

2009/12/22 Joseph Scott <joseph at josephscott.org>:
> Please DON'T use ENUM.  Aside from the DB portability issues that
> Peter brought up, ALTER TABLE in performance in MySQL can be pretty
> bad.  MySQL does a full table copy for table ALTERations.  There are
> very involved hacks to improve that process, but they aren't for the
> average WP user.
> Adding and removing object_type's should be easy, with minimal impact.
>  Using ENUM is highly intrusive and high impact.

See, you are focused on portability and one time performance of an
ALTER table. I'm focused on long term performance of heavily used meta
tables. No way I'm gonna suffer a VARCHAR search for each and every
meta. There are sites with more than 20 000 comments on a single page.
There are sites with more than 30 meta values per post. ...


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