So I know storing arrays in a DB field is wrong and would never do it myself, however a 3rd party plugin my company is using stores data in an array and I was wondering if you could help me try to deal with it.
It basically seems to link 2 tables and add a view count. Here is an example of the data:
So I think this means there are 4 entries in the array, each with 2 attributes. The first - i.e. 4, 26, 5, 34 are "store codes". The second lot (196, 27, 155, 4) are number of plays. God knows why they are stored like this as there is already another table that links the video with the stores and they could've just stuck another column there for view count.
Anyhow, what I want to do is order by view count based on store id within that array. Do you think this is possible and does anyone have any ideas how to do this? If storing data like this is a standard, do you know the name for it as I could probably take it from there?