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  • Oh, good point. Is something like PostgreSQL's array type the proper solution here then?

    create table sometable (
       id serial,
       name varchar(50),
       email text[]

    This would store a list of email addresses as a single object. Or have I missed the point again?

    In other news, I'm surprised PostgreSQL doesn't have an "email_address" type. It seems to have everything else.

    • How do you then update, insert, delete, or search for a single email address? If it makes things more complicated to deal with the data, I think I'd rather normalize. Hmm, looking at the postgres docs, searching for a value in an array:

      SELECT * FROM sal_emp WHERE pay_by_quarter[1] = 10000 OR
                                  pay_by_quarter[2] = 10000 OR

      • The problem with CRUD on a single email address goes away if you have a language which supports that. SQL does not. While I confess that I don't remember my UniQuery (the query language for the MV database I used), imagine something like this:

        DELETE email
        FROM   customer
        WHERE  name  = ?
          AND  email = ?

        In other words, DELETE would operate on more than just tuples.

        How about searching for a particular email? Well, you show some sample syntax above.

        There are plenty of other pseudo-examples I could toss out to show how things work, but basically, SQL (as far as I know) deliberately doesn't address these issues because SQL isn't designed for MV databases.