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The curse of MySQL warnings

MySQL warnings are an anti-pattern when it comes to maintaining data integrity. When the information retrieved from a database does not match what was entered, and this is not identified immediately, this can be permanently lost.

MySQL by default for several decades until the most recent versions enabled you to insert incorrect data, or insert data that was then truncated, or other patterns that resulted in failed data integrity. Very few applications considered handling warnings as errors, and there is a generation of software products that have never informed the developers that warnings were occurring.

The most simplest example is:

CREATE SCHEMA IF NOT EXISTS warnings;
USE warnings;

CREATE TABLE short_name(
  id INT UNSIGNED NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
  name VARCHAR(20) NOT NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY(id)
);

INSERT INTO short_name (name) VALUES ('This name is too long and will get truncated');
ERROR 1406 (22001): Data too long for …
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