[Tagging] football or soccer ?

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Sun Aug 8 19:39:42 BST 2010

On Mon, 02 Aug 2010 17:59:43 +0200, Colin Smale wrote:

> On 02/08/2010 17:28, Anthony wrote:
>> On Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 10:56 AM,
>> Anthony<osm at inbox.org>  wrote:
>>> If I wanted the list of colors to be controlled and finite I'd use a
>>> check constraint.
>> By the way, if I were going to use a separate table for the list of
>> colors, for instance for performance purposes, I'd still use the name
>> of the color as the key, thus avoiding doing a join every single time
>> you do a select.  The lookup would only be necessary when doing adds,
>> in order to check the foreign key constraint.  The lookup table on
>> color would have only one column, the color name.
> Fair enough as an optimisation, if it didn't compromise functionality.
> Which language would you use for the key values? This discussion started
> about normalisation of different names (soccer, football,
> association_football etc) for the same thing (that game, whatever you
> call it). Whatever language you choose for the FK it will not suit
> everybody; applications will (should?) end up doing an additional select
> to translate that value to the appropriate locale anyway. You (en_US)
> prefer "soccer", I (en_GB) would prefer "football". Using a text value
> for the field is of course only one step away from using an integer...

Let this side of the Atlantic win at least one tagging war, 
please...after all, we call them freeways and expressways, not motorways 
and trunks; guess who won that one?

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