What's the nicest way to do a MYSQL INSERT?
Many textbooks and tutorials suggest a syntax like this:
INSERT mytable (name, address) VALUES('Bill', '123 Main St');
# Error prone
But when you get a big list of fields its easy to make a mistake alining
the field names and values. Also its hard for somebody to verify
latter that its correct. So use the following syntax that Mysql permits:
INSERT mytable SET name='Bill', address='123 Main St';
The name/values are together and as a bonus its even slightly shorter.
This syntax is has always been used for UPDATEs but not many people
use it for INSERT - they should.
Unfortunately, at time of writing, this syntax does NOT work with the current
version of Postgresql (8.2.6).