Minggu, 29 April 2012

MariaDB's Virtual Columns

. Minggu, 29 April 2012 .

I wanted to evaluate MariaDB's virtual column and see if it could store business rules next to table data. With virtual columns this could be done and if you specify as 'virtual', would not even take up space on disk.

The imaginary use case is that there is a sales team in a company and you would like to evaluate if a particular salesperson is eligible for a bonus. In order to get a bonus, you need to sell above the average for the day and be in the top 5 amongst the salespeople.

So here is what I did:

MariaDB [test]> create table salespeople (id int unsigned not null auto_increment primary key, salesperson_id int unsigned not null , `date` datetime not null default 0, sold decimal(15,2) not null default 0, day_avg decimal(15,2) not null default 0,  above_avg char(1) as (if(sold>day_avg,'Y','N')) virtual);
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.02 sec)


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