MySQL Update Column +1?

I was wondering what would be the easiest way to update a column by +1? I will be updating a post count of a category based on when users submits a new post.

Thanks.

Answer

The easiest way is to not store the count, relying on the COUNT aggregate function to reflect the value as it is in the database:

   SELECT c.category_name,
          COUNT(p.post_id) AS num_posts
     FROM CATEGORY c
LEFT JOIN POSTS p ON p.category_id = c.category_id

You can create a view to house the query mentioned above, so you can query the view just like you would a table…

But if you’re set on storing the number, use:

UPDATE CATEGORY
   SET count = count + 1
 WHERE category_id = ?

..replacing “?” with the appropriate value.

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