[wp-hackers] Meta tables: Take 5

Peter Westwood peter.westwood at ftwr.co.uk
Tue Aug 4 21:20:14 UTC 2009

On 27 Jul 2009, at 17:47, Mike Schinkel wrote:

>> Why so large? I was thinking CHAR(20) at most.
> Take a look at wp_postmeta and wp_usermeta; meta_key is  
> VARCHAR(255).  I presumed the same for this.
> Even so, ENUM is still a lot more efficient and it provides nice  
> "documentation in code" for what types are valid.

Please don't use ENUM as it is a mysqlism

We switched away from it [1] to make our DB schema more portable and  
to make it easier for people to write alternative database classes.

[1] http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/4778

Peter Westwood
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