I'm currently working on a PHP project and I'm facing a bit of a challenge. I have an enumeration in my code and I need to store its values in a database field. However, I'm not exactly sure how to handle the conversion or mapping between the enumeration and the database field.
To give you a bit more context, in my application, I have an enumeration called "Status" which represents different statuses that an item can have (e.g., "Active", "Inactive", "Pending"). My database table has a column called "status" where I would like to store the corresponding values for each item.
I'm wondering if there is a recommended approach or best practice for dealing with this kind of scenario. How can I map the enumeration values to the database field effectively? Should I store the enumeration values as strings and perform a conversion each time I interact with the database, or is there a more efficient way to handle this?
I would greatly appreciate any advice or suggestions from those who have dealt with similar situations. Thank you in advance!