On Mon, Aug 18, 2003 at 09:39:43AM -0400, Matt Babineau wrote:
> Hi All-
> I don't think that this is possible but maybe through some custom
> function perhaps? I am storing data in a database, and it is an Array
> (in PHP) so I serialized it for storage. I want to be able to query that
> data and be able to do something like WHERE thisField = 'john'. the
> field 'thisField' though would need to be pointing to the first element
> in the Array, which I don't think is possible. Has anyone run into this
> before?

Unless there's a really powerful overriding reason, the best solution is 
to have a seperate table for the array, with a foreign key that points 
back to the record in the original table. That will make retrieving data 
a lot easier; e.g. you can do a query with a join and 
        "WHERE thisField = 'john'".

Bob Hall

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