This is regarding to postgres that I was asked to create data model which has a relationship with user.

For example a new data model called Comment M:1 User, but while creating the data model is it possible to set restriction that only 100 commend records can be created? Might not even link them with a PK might be just a pure column with user_id.

Usually if this need to be done, I do it within the RESTful api request to do checks if there's already 100 comments created by the user, but I told to do it on the data model side. I tried googling around but might not be using the correct keywords so a little bit lost here that I want to make sure this is possible with just within one table creation (comment)

Thanks in advance for any suggestions / advices.

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    What you're probably looking for is a Constraint or a Trigger, but this would honestly be a bad design pattern, in my opinion. I think this kind of logic is better managed in the application / API layer.
    – J.D.
    Commented Sep 30, 2021 at 4:25
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    @J.D. but what happens if a new app starts writing to the db? It won't know anything about the old app's constraints. If you want to ensure a max. of 100 comments full stop, you're better off with trigger!
    – Vérace
    Commented Sep 30, 2021 at 8:17
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    @Vérace Yea I agree a Trigger is probably the better route of the two, but I still think this is something that should be enforced in the application layer instead, personally.
    – J.D.
    Commented Sep 30, 2021 at 11:50

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Using TRIGGER is a good approach. Also, it's worth considering using ARRAY to manage your comment. For example:

DROP TABLE IF EXISTS tb_customers, tb_comments;

CREATE TABLE tb_customers (
  customer_id uuid primary key, 
  username text

CREATE TABLE tb_comments (
  customer_id uuid primary key, 
  comment text[]

ALTER TABLE tb_comments ADD CONSTRAINT tb_comments_constr01 
  CHECK ( array_length(comment, 1) <= 10); -- LIMIT 10 comment 

INSERT INTO tb_customers VALUES 
  ('53003bcb-3d1e-4955-96c0-272719e9762d', 'username_01'),
  ('07c01749-5ec2-4d38-9b74-15168fe185f5', 'username_02'),
  ('ab68a33d-ddb0-4bc5-af75-a7d17cb9c157', 'username_03');
INSERT INTO tb_comments (customer_id, comment) values ('07c01749-5ec2-4d38-9b74-15168fe185f5', array['$1'])
ON CONFLICT (customer_id) 
DO UPDATE SET comment = array_append(tb_comments.comment, '$1');

INSERT INTO tb_comments (customer_id, comment) values ('ab68a33d-ddb0-4bc5-af75-a7d17cb9c157', array['$2'])
ON CONFLICT (customer_id) 
DO UPDATE SET comment = array_append(tb_comments.comment, '$2');

INSERT INTO tb_comments (customer_id, comment) values ('53003bcb-3d1e-4955-96c0-272719e9762d', array['$3'])
ON CONFLICT (customer_id) 
DO UPDATE SET comment = array_append(tb_comments.comment, '$3');
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    Nice! They may want to add another CHECK (array_ndims(comment) = 1) to restrict the arrays to 1-dimensional only. Commented Oct 1, 2021 at 8:47
  • Thank you so much, I am trying out the trigger since I am new at this, documents seems straight forward and found some samples online but somehow I kept on getting errors :( anyways thank you so much for the suggestion and the sample of Array
    – Dora
    Commented Oct 5, 2021 at 3:38

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