[geeklog-devel] Geeklog Topics and Blocks

Vincent Furia vfuria at gmail.com
Wed Sep 14 03:14:43 EDT 2011

What about a separate table to track what you want to store in value? Or add
a column to the topic table, at least for featured stories (I never
understood why this was in the story table and not the topic table). You
could also have special values for tid to represent all topics or homepage
only (I'd suggest numerics, but you could use NULL).

Since you're likely going to be using this table for joins, I'd suggest
keeping it as simply as possible (e.g. removing the "value" column
completely and moving the information you'd keep in there elsewhere).


On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 10:33, Tom <websitemaster at cogeco.net> wrote:

> Yeah I know it is not an ideal solution (that’s why I started the
> conversation) but I believe it is better than adding single use columns on a
> table that will only be used by certain types. Unless someone else can point
> to a better solution I think I will stick with it.****
> ** **
> Tom****
> ** **
> *From:* geeklog-devel-bounces at lists.geeklog.net [mailto:
> geeklog-devel-bounces at lists.geeklog.net] *On Behalf Of *Joe Mucchiello
> *Sent:* September-12-11 6:19 PM
> *To:* geeklog-devel at lists.geeklog.net
> *Subject:* Re: [geeklog-devel] Geeklog Topics and Blocks****
> ** **
> > I have dropped the feature column (for articles) in favour of a multi-use
> > column called value. This way articles can use the column to signify a
> > featured story and blocks can use it to signify all or homepage only
> (this
> > would leave the tid field blank). Plus it could be used by other plugins
> > if needed.****
> ** **
> Value is a weak sol ution. While I realize that type mitigates "fights"
> over what goes into value (the owner of type decides what goes in value),
> filtering on value is going to be a pain if you need to store more than one
> logical "field" in value. No, I don't have a better solution. But I just
> wanted to point out the pitfalls of the opaque "value" field.****
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