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On Aug 10, 2014, at 4:26 PM, Paul <> wrote:

Yeah, being able to change these values later is one of the main
reasons to use a separate table. Clients almost *always* end up adding
or removing some of these.

Also, when you have specific functionality tied to some of these
statuses, it's always a good idea to add a flag field for it, and make
your code check if the flag is on, rather than if the status name
matches a specific value, so that if the client ends up deciding (as
they invariably will) that actually a second status must also do that
thing that they assured you only the one status would ever do, then you
simply turn that flag on for the second status, rather than having to
change your code base and hunt for all instances of checking for the
status by name.

Also, then you can localize your status names if you ever want to make
your program support other languages.

We agree <G> I think my comments passed yours in the mail. 

I hadn't done any relational database work until this current big project, thats why the database 
design book I recommended was so critical. It got me out of the spreadsheet mindset and into the 
database one. 

Just because it's for one person for one reason doesn't mean you can't design it with proper 
database functions, after all the structure might be useful to someone else as well. 

Eugenie (Oogie) McGuire 
Desert Weyr, LLC - Black Welsh Mountain Sheep  
LambTracker - Open Source SW for Shepherds
Paonia, CO USA

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