Instead of a varchar(1) containing 'y' or 'n' you could use a BOOL or an integer.
Sure I could. The problem is our project still supports both MySQL and PostgreSQL. We used enum('Y','N') in MySQL so there would be a lot of changes in the code if we would change to the BOOL data type.
Your query seems of the form :
SELECT FROM main_table LEFT JOIN a lot of tables ORDER BY sort_key LIMIT N OFFSET M;
I would suggest to rewrite it in a simpler way : instead of generating the whole result set, sorting it, and then grabbing a slice, generate only the ror id's, grab a slice, and then generate the full rows from that.
- If you order by a field which is in main_table :
SELECT FROM main_table LEFT JOIN a lot of tables WHERE main_table.id IN (SELECT id FROM main_table ORDER BY sort_key LIMIT N OFFSET M
) ORDER BY sort_key LIMIT N OFFSET M;
- If you order by a field in one of the child tables, I guess you only want to display the rows in the main table which have this field, ie. not-null in the LEFT JOIN. You can also use the principle above.
- You can use a straight join instead of an IN.
Do you mean something like this?
SELECT Table.IDPK, Table2.varchar1, Table2.varchar2, ... FROM Table LEFT JOIN many tables INNER JOIN Table AS Table2
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