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 Post subject: To Store or Not to Store Hierarchical Paths in Database
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:38 pm 

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I have a question about whether or not to store paths of hierarchical data into the database.

For each widget record in my database, the user will be able to have a maximum of 4 possible categories ( a minimum of 1 ). Each category is shown as a hierarchal path until the terminal category. Each category, children categories and terminal category consists of an ID and a Name.

I'm storing my hierarchical data in the database in a way so that I can retrieve it using a modified preorder tree traversal. It is explained at:

I need to be able to retrieve the complete tree and display it when a user clicks on a widget. Using a modified preorder tree traversal, it's pretty quick for me to build the tree using code. At this moment, after traversing the tree in code, I store the category Names and IDs of each part of the path in arrays. However, I was wondering if there is any benefit of storing the tree path in the database instead? I feel like maybe a class of nodes would be beneficial here?

Many Thanks!

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