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Dynamic Dropdowns inserting ID value instead of text value

Thread began 7/18/2014 2:09 pm by iainmacdonald331081 | Last modified 7/18/2014 3:07 pm by iainmacdonald331081 | 348 views | 2 replies

Jason ByrnesWebAssist

yes, the select list will pass the ID as the value when inserted, that is the desired behavior. it should insert the ID value, that is the proper use a relational database.

the category name is defined in the category tabel you relate the category to an item by using the category ID in the item table.

the point of a relational database is data normalization. it takes less storage to store an ID in the item table to to store a string. you don't want to repeat the category name over and over again, that would be a waste ofd space.

store the ID in the items table which is more efficiant, and use a join query to return the related information from the items and category table when you need to display it.

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