[drupal-devel] Fwd: history-table

Dries Buytaert dries at buytaert.net
Mon May 9 18:31:47 UTC 2005

On 09 May 2005, at 18:55, Dries Buytaert wrote:

> On 09 May 2005, at 13:05, Gerhard Killesreiter wrote:
>> We have two different implementations of checking the new-ness of a 
>> node
>> wrt the current user:
>> _forum_user_last_visit selects all history entries and populates a
>> static array when first called.
>> and
>> node_last_viewed will execute a query per nid (and cache the result in
>> a static array too).
>> We should find out which one is faster, use only that, and remove the
>> other function (the new function should be in node.module of course).
> That or _forum_user_last_visit() should only load/cache information 
> about the nodes in the relevant forum (i.e. add a left join).  Even 
> so, we risk doing some work twice.  We'll need to do some profiling 
> for this ...

I did some quick measurements.

1. If one has a small history (40 rows in the history table),  
_forum_user_last_visit() is faster than node_last_viewed().

2. If one has a large history (550 rows in the history table), 
node_last_viewed() is slightly faster than _forum_user_last_visit().

The difference is less than 10 ms but most of the time 
_forum_user_last_visit() is the fastest.  If we change the current 
behavior to tidy up or unify the code, performance is going to degrade 
slightly.  Unless, of course we can improve the performance of 

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