> From: Noodle Snacks [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]

> the reason I ask is because it is alot more efficient space wise
> in a db to
> be storing a 32bit number rather that a char or varchar field.

While it is more efficient space-wise (4 bytes vs. 12 bytes), the price of
the additional disk storage needed for storing them is trivial (unless you
have a billions). Make sure you consider the addtional costs of maintenance,
too, when you store data in a "non-human" format.

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