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Re: Function or Field?

From: "Joel Fradkin" <jfradkin(at)wazagua(dot)com>
To: <lucas(at)presserv(dot)org>, <pgsql-sql(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Function or Field?
Date: 2005-05-02 21:10:45
Message-ID: 001101c54f5b$685275e0$797ba8c0@jfradkin (view raw or flat)
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You could also make a table with just that data in it so you don't have the
field in all the records and you don't have to check all the records to see
what is next.

I am assuming this is some kind of a flag values used in a batch, if you
just need the last id I use max(id)+1.

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-----Original Message-----
From: pgsql-sql-owner(at)postgresql(dot)org [mailto:pgsql-sql-owner(at)postgresql(dot)org]
On Behalf Of lucas(at)presserv(dot)org
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 3:17 PM
To: pgsql-sql(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: [SQL] Function or Field?

Hi.
What is the better way to store the last record for a translation???
I.E:
 The data for the last product vendding.
 What is better:
 a) Create a field in "product" table and create a Trigger (before insert or
update into vendding table) to alter this field.
 b) Create a view or function that check the all venddings (in vendding
table)
for the specified product and return the last vendding information?

 a)
 CREATE TABLE products(
  id serial primary key,
  description varchar(50),
  last_vendding date()        --Is correct to use this field???
 );
 CREATE TABLE vendding(
  id serial primary key,
  date_ date,
  product integer references (products)
 );
 CREATE TRIGGER TG_change_products_last_vendding_field on table vendding
BEFORE
INSERT OR UPDATE FOR EACH ROW EXECUTE procedure
change_products_last_vendding();

 b)
  CREATE TABLE products (
   id serial primary key,
   description varchar(50)
  );
  CREATE TABLE vendding(
   id serial primary key,
   date_ date,
   product integer references (products)
  );
  CREATE VIEW last_product_change as SELECT * from vendding order by date_
desc
limit 1; --Okay, this view will return the last record and not the last
record
for a product... but its a example.

I am asking it becouse I have used CLIPPER(dbase) for my old programs and in
DBASE the view/check function that will check for each select is not
functional. And I need to create a field in all table references, but in
DBASE
this fields allways broken and I need to recheck it.

Thank you.

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