Best practices are generally and informally recognized as the methods and processes that have been shown over time to be superior to those achieved by other means.

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Need advice on Primary and Clustering Keys of a table

I need advise on a table which is part of a development project I'm involved. A brief summary on the use of the table: Data from multiple databases will be consolidated in this table for the purpose ...
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How should I store changes to items in the database?

I have items (tracked with itemid) that have attributes assigned to them (field1,field1 for example). At any given time, field1=val1, field2=val1, ..., fieldn=valn where val1,val1,...,valn = 1..100. ...
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How do I abstract a WHERE clause condition?

I'm wondering how a condition in a commonly used WHERE clause can be abstracted away so that it can be safely changed. Say I have data like ColA | ColB | ColC ================== 1 | 2 | ABC ...
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TempDB Best Practices For Shared Storage [closed]

Microsoft recommends separating the SQL Data Files from the Temp Files to limit device contention but what about cases involving shared storage. I have a shared environment where the data and temp ...
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Best place to keep backup scripts

Where is the best place to leave the Database Backup scripts, currently I let them on the Backup Job itself, however I wonder if it's best to leave on a Database
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Create database unique Surrogate Keys without using GUID’s

What is the best way to get database unique surrogate keys in Microsoft SQL Server when using something like “auto increment” as opposed to GUID's. The purpose is to increase performance over using ...
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Normalising Customers and Employers with a people table

At what normalisation stage is it recommend to split say Customers and Employees into a people table and then link to the unique attributes of Customers and Employees. I cant seem to find the ...
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MongoDB: co-locate the mongos process on application servers

I would like to ask a question about a best practice described in this document: http://info.mongodb.com/rs/mongodb/images/MongoDB-Performance-Best-Practices.pdf Use multiple query routers. Use ...
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Grant access to all tables of a database

I recently wanted to share regular access rights with one user of a server and I realized that a simple CREATE USER and GRANT ALL ON DATABASE commands didn't let him run a simple SELECT on the data. ...
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Which of these structures are good for maintaining history data?

Iam creating an application which is being used to send reminders. Here is the requirements. We have set of Students. Every student has a Student Pass, this need to be renewed in every month. ...
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Is it bad practice to launch more than 100 sql statements at once?

I have PHP code that is meant to updating the billing status of someone. I only want it to update if the bill has been successfully created and therefore I think a possible solution would be to ...
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How to properly increment an int identity in SQL Server if the Identity Increment isn't set?

When I use SQL Server with an int based identity column, I always use the auto increment. But I'm needing to insert into an existing table that doesn't have the property set, and I'm wondering what ...
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Using part of a compound key as foreign key

We have the following situation, in which we have three tables: Article ------- - Id (PK) - Supplier_Id - Supplier_Contactperson_Id - Name Supplier --------- - Id (PK) - Name SupplierContactperson ...
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Datawarehouse bad practice?

In our Datawarehouse context, we have to update some record in fact tables inside our ETL. One thing we did is to create nonclustered indexes just before the heaviest queries, and drop them ...
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What's the best practice to avoid collisions in throwaway temp tables?

In SQL Server, I'm used to creating a #temp table for temporary storage in a complex stored procedure. Not wanting to clutter up the system, I DROP the table when done. However, if I do the same in ...
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Schema for user drag and drop ordering

I'm trying to work out the schema for a system where users will be able to order items in an (unlimited length) list by drag and drop. Is there any kind of standard way of storing this ordering ...
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SQL Server Database Table Partitioning Consideration

I have a SQL Server table with 42 million + records. This table acts as a staging area for transaction records loaded from a different system. Data from this staging table have to be transformed and ...
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Indicators for right balance of the number of DB2 instances per AIX LPAR

I have a question that has been bugging me, but I just don't know how to validate it. We run DB2 LUW on AIX in our shop. Our AIX is currently at 7.1. Our DB2 is at 9.7 FP 4 for most installations and ...
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No-SQL Database Design for restaurant app

I've been working with SQL databases all my life and I am now trying to get into the NoSQL world. I am a looking for a piece of advice on whats the best practice in order to achieve this. Suppose I ...
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Tables names in a supertype/subtype schema

I have 3 types of users in my app. The users share some common attributes, but they also have quite a bit of stuff that pertains uniquely to each user type. I have a person table that contains limited ...
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Oracle - WHY do an ORDER BY for INSERTs AS SELECT?

I have an application that was migrated from MSSQL to Oracle 11G. It needs re-design but that's outside the scope of the project. In short, the application gets legacy data, builds a parent table ...
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How do I tactfully bring up database shortcomings? [closed]

A little background: I recently inherited responsibility for support and development of a database application after the original developers left. Looking through the application, the database ...
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Merits of inserting to temp table and renaming versus just adding/removing columns

If I add or drop columns from a SQL Server table I presume I get page splits or gaps. Since the size of the row has changed. When I use RedGate SQL Compare to create conversion scripts its strategy ...
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Inheritance or lot of relationship?

I have to transpose a class Diagram into a Physical Data Model (more precisely MySQL database structure). In my class diagram, I have a lot of entities (A, B, C, D) which inherit from an other ...
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creating a 24 hours data table - Suggestions/improvements

I am planing to have a table to store the data based on every hour , in short I have a file with 24 hour data and I need to use this to populate a hourly bar/line graph. Below is a sample 24hr data ...
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Best practices for service name / aliases in tnsnames

I have this idea that service names / aliases given to connections descritors in a tnsnames.ora (not the one in the server that dblinks use, but the one for the public) file should in no way be ...
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Efficient way to insert/update/delete table records from complex query in Postgres 9.x

I have this function which returns a set a records and I need to persist those records into a table. I have to do it hundred times a day. My initial approach was just clear data from my table and ...
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Does anyone use modules in DB2 LUW?

Our environment is currently DB2 9.7 Fix Pack 4 on AIX. I am in the processing of designing and coding some SQL PL stored procedures responsible for archiving data into an archive schema and then ...
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Using Timestamp plus Integer as Primary Key

In Sql Server, what would the drawbacks and disadvantages be of using a primary key that is: Two Character Table Identifier + YEAR + MONTH + DAY + HOUR + MINUTE + MILLISECOND + random integer between ...
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Inheritance discriminator column better int or varchar or enum?

What is the best practice for storing a discriminator column ? Does it make any difference ? Any pros/cons of using one over the other ? I am using MySql with Entity Framework but the question goes ...
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Should I opt for a new database or adding more tables?

this is a question around best practice that I'm currently dealing with. I have a database (SQL Server 2008 R2) with a heap of tables (around 40) with data, now the need has risen to have logging of ...
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Are #tables and #procedures 'not best practice' or 'bad practice'?

I am working on a project and part of it is an interface tool that executes SQL code stored in a xml file to import/export files. In the file, temp procedures and temp tables are used quite heavily ...
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When should I NOT set the Maximum Server Memory option in SQL Server?

In SQL Server, I normally set the Maximum Server Memory setting to one of the popular best practices, such as leaving 10% or 4GB, whichever is higher. ...
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Lock rows for long running transactions

I have a question table from which agents try to answer 5 questions at a time. Obviously, I want to avoid agent collision i.e. if an agent is answering a question, other agents can not work on it. Is ...
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Organizing Database Objects in a Database that are not part of the systems original Database Objects?

I've been working at a place for about 2 years now with a series of heterogeneous legacy database applications, which are tied together using 3rd party Microsoft Access databases (*.mdb). Soon we ...
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UK Addresses in 3NF

I am in the process of creating a UK only database which holds information for various sets of people i.e. Staff, Clients etc. The tables for each of these sets of people have an Address, City and ...
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What's better here - a single column or multicolumn primary key?

Let's assume you have a table groups and a table item. Each item belongs to exactly one group. It is an inherent part of that group. An item cannot exist outside of a group and it cannot be moved to ...
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Memory Allocation in Shared DB & IIS Environment

In my use case, we have production servers that host both IIS & SQL on the same machine, not ideal but no flexibility to change that. Basically a single machine is both a DB and an Application ...
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GO After every T-SQL statement

What is the reasoning behind using the GO statement after every SQL statement? I understand that GO signals the end of batch and/or allows the reputation of statements but what advantage does it have ...
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Item availability in row or another table

I'm a database newbie, so please bear with me. Say I'm creating a library database. I have a table containing information about books. Do you put the book availability as a row in this table or would ...
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What's is the best way to get incremental changes from production to incrementally changed development database?

I came to a new dev team where all development is on the same (instance) of an SQL Server (2005) database once in 1-2 days restored from a current full backup of production database replacing a dev ...
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Best practices for configuring the Drive/Filegroup setup for Microsoft SQL 2008

I am a software developer for a small company. I wish we had a dba but not in the cards at this point for this company. I was working on migrating our 75gb SQL Server 2000 database to SQL Server 2008 ...
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Use Matlab or SQL Server to do mathematical computations? [closed]

Current situtation I am working with a dozen of CSV files containing financial simulations in form of 100'000x100 matrices. Each file is around 100Mb large. Until now, only analyse these files with ...
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How to make stored procedures more readable without harming performance

I come from OOP background, and I need to write and maintain huge stored procedures. Naturally, the sprocs become quite unreadable very quickly, no matter how much I try formatting, giving readable ...
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MySQL DB dynamic ranking or “static” separately saved

I have a table where I store the points with the connected categories and game-types of each user. There are different ways to get points. However everytime when the points need to get displayed in a ...
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Query optimization ndbcluster + order by

I'm not really all too familiar with the ndbcluster storage engine of MySQL, but I've recently written an application that does some very simple queries. However, a co-worker of mine (who is now on ...
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Uniqueidentifier vs. IDENTITY vs. Material Code --which is the best choice for primary key? [closed]

Which one is the best choice for primary key in SQL Server?There are some example code: Uniqueidentifiers e.g. CREATE TABLE new_employees (employeeId UNIQUEIDENTIFIER DEFAULT NEWID(), ...
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Is it worth it to create an “Id” column?

I have a table which has a column Name, which is of type VARCHAR2(20), unique, cannot be null, and cannot be changed. At first I used it as a Primary Key for this table but I was wondering if it was ...
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Proper use of database functions for business logic

I have a database in postgres with 147 tables; these tables contain data generated by functions that have most of the logic of the system, for example how to build an accounting entry. These ...
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Is it good practice to create new tables for new elements in a database?

I am trying to create a good model for a database that I need for an application. The way that I have tought about realizing it involves creating a new table for each new element that is added, but I ...