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Database Setup Multiple Tables and Multiple Options

Thread began 12/16/2009 10:12 pm by jo4koalas392067 | Last modified 1/19/2010 10:35 am by jo4koalas392067 | 2852 views | 7 replies


Database Setup Multiple Tables and Multiple Options

I am have been going around in a circle on this one for days and now could really do with some suggestions or a fresh pair of eyes as to how I handle the following:

I have 3 tables:

Occupation Table
Occupation Code
Occupation Description etc

Employer Table
Employer ID
Employer Name

Job Location Table
Location ID
Location Description

The situation is that for each occupation there are a number of possible Employers who are willing to offer employment for these occupations. Each Employer has say 8 potential work locations, but they only want certain occupations for certain locations.

The Occupations Table has over 500 entries. The Employer table has 10 entries and the Location has 8 entries.

An example is:

Occupation: Carpenter

Company A - wants Carpenters in location 1, 2 and 5
Company B - wants Carpenters in locations 4 and 8
Company C - wants Carpenters in all locations
Company D - doesn't want any Carpenters.

I am really not sure how to set this up to make this work with DataAssist.

I want to be able to retrieve the data to sort/filter and to display as follows:

1) Retrieve an occupation and display the employers that want to employ that occupation and in what location.

2) A list of occupations that an employer is willing to employ and in what locations:
Company A
Plumber Location 1, 2 and 4
Bricklayer Location 4, 5, 6 and 8

3) Finally a list by location as follows:

Location 1
Plumber, Company A and B

or Locations 1 & 4
Bricklayer, Company A, B and D
Plumber, Company A, C, E and F

Hope this makes sense. I am confident in joining tables in dreamweaver, but not sure how to set this up in the first place, even whether my table structure is right - do I need more tables? How to input the data, especially as there are multiple options that I also need to sort/filter by.

I am using PHP, MySQL (using PHPmyAdmin)and have WA Super Suite.

Really grateful for any help as I think I have been at it too long and can't see the wood for the trees.



Whoops sorry also should have mentioned that the employer and location requirements data changes on a weekly basis e.g. Employer A might want carpenters in location 1 and 4 one week, but locations 6 and 8 the next, then the following week not want any carpenters. So need to be able to update this information easily - at the moment they work on lists supplied by each employer so being to update by employer is really important also. I know a nightmare!!

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