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🌍💚Green IT Developer: Choose a suitable data format

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The data type used to manipulate and store data has a significant impact on memory consumption🤑, the processor power needed to manipulate the database — both at the application server🖥️ and browser 📱(manipulation using JavaScript) level — and on the storage space needed.

Picking the wrong ❌ data type:

- wastes memory (e.g. if you store all small data in a column designed to store large amounts of data) - causes performance issues 🐌 (it will be quicker to search for a number than a character string)

Ideally, you should analyze a representative data sample and use this information to decide the data type and sizing.

For a school, the size of the field in which the number of pupils is stored should be based on a statistical study. This allows you to determine if you can use a TINYINT (1 byte, up to 127) or a SMALLINT (2 bytes, up to 32,726). Whatever the situation, the standard choice of an INT (4 bytes, up to 2,147,483,647) is absurd 🤷‍♂️ (but unfortunately a common occurrence found during our audits)

Potential saving: up to 8 times less memory and bandwidth consumed👍. The CPU usage is also cut by the same amount.

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