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  • Saying MySQL 5 has only been available for 2 years is a bit questionable. It's been out in production for 2.5 and in (widely-used) beta for 3. It's standard on any modern Linux distro at this point.

    You seem to be implying that InnoDB tables are slower than MyISAM. For my workload it's been quite the opposite: InnoDB tables have been significantly faster.

    The right way to do ENUMs with enforcement is to use a lookup table with foreign keys, just like you would in many other databases. You made a really big deal about the syntax for specifying foreign keys here, almost making it sound as if they don't work. They work just fine, and have since way before MySQL 5.