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All in the one table OR not...

Discussion in 'PHP' started by oo7ml, Jun 12, 2012.

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    Hi, i am developing a site at the moment and i need to work on the Notification Settings for my members.
    SEMrush
    I have 'members' table in my database that contains info such as:

    - id
    - first name
    - last name
    - gender
    - dob
    - location
    - email
    etc...

    I have on average 10 different notification and email settings that each user can customise, such as:

    [ ] email me when i am sent a new private message

    Should i expand the 'members' table and add the 10 notification settings or should i create a separate 'notifications' table that will hold all of the notification settings and link it to the 'members' table with a foreign key, thanks in advance for you help...
     
    oo7ml, Jun 12, 2012 IP
    SEMrush
  2. NetStar

    NetStar Notable Member

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    Complying with the standards of a relational database model you would create a separate Table to hold all the notification information. Especially if there will be more than a few columns.

    In all of my projects I use a separate Table. Then a JOIN statement when fetching the data. It's easy and keeps things neat.
     
    NetStar, Jun 12, 2012 IP
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    SpiderxXx Peon

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    007ml:
    you should definitely create a separate table for the notifications. Everything will be easier later if you would like to do any changed on it:)regards
     
    SpiderxXx, Jun 12, 2012 IP
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    use a separate table! agree 100% -
     
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    oo7ml Well-Known Member

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    Thanks all... appreciate your feedback ;)
     
    oo7ml, Jun 12, 2012 IP