MySQL Performance Example Was: Seriously, WTF?

muppet scott at
Sun May 11 05:08:35 BST 2008

On May 10, 2008, at 4:08 PM, David Cantrell wrote:

> On Sat, May 10, 2008 at 03:05:03PM +0100, Iain Barnett wrote:

>> 2. Because (I believe) it's faster than a lookup table
> It's faster *for a person*.

I cannot express how emphatically i agree with this point, even though  
what i primarily do is not databases.  Nobody likes looking at numbers  
in trace output or data dumps when they could be seeing the names to  
which those numbers refer, instead.  Even if you can do the  
translation in your head, it saps mental bandwidth, and prevents you  
seeing important patterns you might otherwise have discovered by  

Do you read like to your ascii text files as hexadecimal numeric  
values?  Didn't think so.  :-)

elysse:  You dance better than some.
me:  "Some" what?
elysse:  Some asparagus.

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