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Help with adding transaction tracking data

Discussion in 'MySQL' started by chrisj, Oct 14, 2019.

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    The php video web script that I’m trying to modify has a process where Users generate credit units from viewed videos.
    The total ‘balance’ of credits is stored in mysql db table named 'User', in a column titled “balance”, with each total reflected in a users’ row, and the 'balance' total gets updated (goes up or down), depending on the activity of the credits.

    However, if 2 credits get added to the balance, for example, there is no tracking of what type of activity caused the balance total change.
    I believe a separate table that gets a new row inserted for each transaction, that affects the amount should be created? but I don't know how to go about doing that. Any guidance you'd like to share is appreciated.
    What else might this need? Or do you have a better/another idea?
    I look forward to all comments/suggestions.
    chrisj, Oct 14, 2019 IP
  2. sarahk

    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    It depends on what you intend to do with the data you record

    You could add a simple char column that catches a code
    You could add a foreign id column that links back to another table that has each type listed.
    sarahk, Oct 14, 2019 IP
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  3. JEET

    JEET Notable Member

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    All you need to do is, create a new table "tracking_data"
    Something like this:

    id bigint(18) not null auto_increment,
    userid bigint(18),
    tracking_activity varchar(256),
    activity_type char(7),
    activity_date date

    Now, on each activity page, just before balance is updated, add records to this table,
    something like this

    insert into `tracking_data`
    ( id, userid, tracking_activity, activity_type, activity_date ) values
    ( '', '123', 'watched video ', 'add', 'timestamp' )

    insert into `tracking_data`
    ( id, userid, tracking_activity, activity_type, activity_date ) values
    ( '', '123', 'purchased video ', 'minus', 'timestamp' )

    You can set field types differently.
    Instead of BIGINT(), you can use INT()
    Instead of varchar(256), you can use char()
    Instead of activity_type being a char, you can use boolean (for add or minus balance)

    If your update balance is inside a function, then use these inserts inside that function, and you will not need to modify each activity page separately.
    JEET, Oct 28, 2019 IP