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  1. #1
    Junior Member
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    Jun 2006
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    Hi, I'm currently creating a tutorials page.

    I have 3 tables:
    1. Categories
    2. Topics
    3. Tutorials

    Here's an example of the layout
    C++ - category
        Beginner - topic
            1.  Intro to C++ - tutorial
            2.  Hello World.
            3.  ...
    Now, I'm trying to "link" these tables somehow. I haven't read any tutorials on combining or linking data from seperate tutorials, but I came up with the idea to store the id of the parent table like this:
    Category Table
    id    title
    Topics Table
    id    categoryid    title
    id    titleid        title        description        content        ...other stuff
    My question is if this is the right way to go about doing something like this or is there a better way of doing this?


  3. #2
    Senior Member
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    Jun 2005
    Atlanta, GA
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    That would be the correct way. Excpt I'm guessing `titleid' under `Tutorial' is `topicid'. Generally speaking, the naming convention is to name it `tablename_id'. This will give you free magic at a later date if you decide to use certain frameworks like Ruby on Rails or CakePHP.

    In the meantime, I'd suggest reading up on SQL JOIN statements, as they are precisely the way you'd combine these tables together. They're pretty awesome.

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