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for Rafeal: Intent of the jforum_posts_text table?

 
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Most likely it was done that way because PhPBB did it that way (AFAIK, jForum's initial goal was to be a Java based PhPBB replacement/clone ).

A couple of reasons I can think of doing it this way are:

1) To eventually allow for "cross postings" of the same message to multiple forums. NNTP allows this and BB code often takes a lot of tips from this older cousin.

2) This is a pretty standard DB practice when you are mapping tables to in-memory objects. Having "load on demand" object properties can be complex and problematic. It's easier, takes less memory, and faster to have a lighter weight "summary object" that maps to all the fields in one table and a "heavier" related details object.


[originally posted on jforum.net by monroe]
 
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Dear Rafael,

Can you please tell what the intent was to create a separate table for a post's text (jforum_posts_text). The table seems to be a one-to-one mapping with jforum_posts, so it doesnt fall under the rules of database normalization. Does it have anything to do with Search?

Thnx in Advance.

/Pankaj
[originally posted on jforum.net by pankajvermani]
 
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Yes, monroe is completely right about item "2". Having the message text in the same table of all other information uses a lot more of system resources than splitting in two different tables. Also, sometimes a bit of "denormalization" it's good, in order to improve performance.

Rafael
[originally posted on jforum.net by Rafael Steil]
 
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