"Sancar Saran" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote in message 
> On Sunday 04 March 2007 23:04, Sancar Saran wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I want to know is there any db server around there for store php arrays
>> natively.
>> Regards
>> Sancar
> Thanks for responses, it seems I have to give more info about situation.
> In my current project, we had tons of arrays. They are very deep and
> unpredictable nested arrays.
> Currently we are using serialize/unserialize and it seems it comes with 
> own
> cpu cost. Xdebug shows some serializing cost blips. Sure it was not SO BIG
> deal (for now of course).
> My db expertise covers a bit mysql and mysql does not have any array type
> field (enum just so simple).

Wrong! Take a look at the SET datatype 
http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/4.1/en/set.html. This allows you to have an 
array of values in a single field, and the user can select any number of 

Tony Marston

> I just want to know is there any way to keep array data type natively in a 
> sql
> field.
> Regards.
> Sancar 

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