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Take a look at what Joe Celko has to say about EAV (AKA OLTP and also MUCK - Massively Unified Code Key - there's a reason that he chose that name!). Avoid this at all costs. However, if you wish to persist in this folly, then download and look at Magento, a commercial (and partially F/LOSS) implmentation of the EAV paradigm. Storing a value as text is ...

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