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using enum versus tiny int and lookup table
Posted by: Lawrence Flancbaum
Date: April 16, 2008 01:10AM

i am looking for some difinitive information on when enum is better to be used compared to using tiny integer and then foreign key to a lookup table. i have many such lookup tables in my database that i believe also could be done with enum. ie months of the year, states of australia, loan types, client types, eg - virtually anything that is a "type" for that matter. despite this seemingly obvious dilemma i can find v little information on the net as to when it is better to use the enum option and when better not to and why. can anyone give a full and clear explanation on this??

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