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Could u please explain ur question in detail?Please don't be in a hurry
Joined: Mar 19, 2004
Sure. I have to design a database table for survey form which has 10 Q and corresponding answers (as radio button options + comment text)
keeping into mind the no of times code would need db connection for insert time and retrieval time, i have 2 options.
1) i create a table of 30 columns; 10 for Q, 10 for A, 10 for comment text but this will take too much of code rewriting . This is good for one time db connection required for insert data.
2) i create a transaction table of 3 columns; 1 for Qid, 1 for Ans, 1 for Anstext. another master table to store Qid, Qtext. where Qid acts as forign key in transaction table. This requires less coding (speaking in terms of prepare statement in java) . But to insert a record one by one for each Q, it requires db connection 10 times which can make the application slow.
I hope i could clear the situation to some extent. please let me know if it made ne sense.
Priya, Option #2 is significantly better. Think about what would happen if you decided to have 20 questions in your survey. Option #1 would involve rewriting everything. Option #2 would just be more iterations of the loop.
it requires db connection 10 times
Not really. You can use the batchUpdate() method and do it in one server roundtrip.