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Triggers definitely have their place and can be very useful. But they can pretty quickly grow out of control leading to lots of side effects making it difficult to maintain and possibly leading to performance issues. I think twice before adding a trigger to consider if it is really necessary because using triggers as your first tool to solve problems can lead to a lot of complexity.

I like the author's point about this:

> The trigger function itself was also written in the “schema.sql” file which meant that everything was clear and documented along with the other relevant schema information, thus easier to track and manage.

In my experience, in most cases the application doing the insert/update/delete is the best place to handle most side effects. That may be an on-demand API, a scheduled/queued job, etc. I've found triggers to be helpful and simple for audit and history tracking. There are definitely plenty of cases where triggers are useful and it probably depends a lot on your architecture.






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