On Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 5:52 PM, Fergus Gibson <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> On Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 11:19 AM, Bastien Koert <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > 2. It is possible to use the application to handle the keys instead of
> the
> > database, it involves more work around key checking / validation before
> > creating or updating records, but it can be done if the INNODB table type
> is
> > not accessible to you for some reason.
> Yes, but generally foreign key constraints are preferable.  The
> database server is compiled in native code, so it'll be much faster at
> handling this issue; and it may avoid the necessity of your script
> submitting multiple queries to resolve the foreign key issues.  A
> bigger issue though is that the implementation of foreign key
> constraints on the server will have been exhaustively tested.
> Reinventing the wheel in your own PHP code may introduce bugs that
> cause loss or damage to your data.

Correct, I was merely offering an alternative if the INNODB / FK constraints
are not available. I have to do that with ASP code that I maintain, but its
a real bitch to manage



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