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Re: 64 table join limit
One thing about dynamic columns is that they have sped up our development cycle by a factor of 5, since we are not spending time on hard coded binding layers, and analysts can create application tables instead of developers and DBAs. We have other mechanisms in place to support typing, validation, relationships, and UI crud screens with master-detail, all dynamically, with no app restart or sql scripts. But to make it work we need really good indexing which is what we can do using a regular mysql table. The concern with the blob approach is we'd need to wait for indexing, or use an external index. I looked at couch db but it doesn't seem to have the level of transactional support we need, and mySQL does.
If someone were to submit a patch for the 64 limit would that be acceptable?
--- On Sun, 8/8/10, Arjen Lentz <arjen@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> From: Arjen Lentz <arjen@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Re: [Maria-developers] 64 table join limit
> To: monty@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> Cc: "maria-developers" <maria-developers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Sunday, August 8, 2010, 8:33 PM
> Hi Monty, all
> On 07/08/2010, at 11:27 PM, Michael Widenius wrote:
> > We have plans to add dynamic columns into MariaDB
> > This will probably happen in 5.3, assuming there is
> some interest in
> > this feature.
> > With dynamic columns you can store 'any' number of
> columns in a blob.
> > In effect, each row in the database may have it's own
> set of columns.
> > One will be able to trivially access and update data
> in the dynamic
> > columns and also add/drop columns inside the blob.
> > Example usage:
> > SELECT column_get(blob, 1, varchar(100)) from
> > UPDATE table_with_dynamic SET blob=column_add(blob, 2,
> "hello") where id=1;
> > UPDATE table_with_dynamic SET blob=column_del(blob,4)
> where id=5;
> > Note that 'column_add()' will replace any old value
> with the given column_id.
> > Future ideas:
> > - Allow indexing with name instead of numbers. When
> this is done we can drop the
> > type as part of column_get()
> > - Allow indexing on dynamic fields.
> > You can find a full specification of this feature
> > http://askmonty.org/worklog/Server-BackLog/?tid=34
> The idea is good, based on what Google's BigTable (see the
> Hypertable specs) introduced.
> It provides a mild level of denormalisation, enabling
> better scalability.
> And in the case of MariaDB, you keep the same familiar and
> convenient API. That's important.
> I think the word "column" is very wrong in the above
> example. It's more like "subattributes".
> See what the terminology in bigtable/hypertable was...
> Perhaps Mark has insights on this too.
> I'm for it, it solves a real need that people are already
> trying to solve (with desperately bad design decisions ;-).
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