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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Is not having 'named' timezone support common in MySQL?

I'm trying to set the timezone the database uses using: "SET time_zone = 'UTC'; Whilst this works on my development server it doesn't work on my staging server; I get this error: General error: ...
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User is An employee. Role or relation

I've created a database based on a party-model. In short I show you the tables: parties, kind, party_to_party_relations, role, party_roles table parties: CREATE TABLE `parties` ( `id` int(11) NOT ...
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Database model with users, roles and rights

I have a database model with a user table and role table. I want to control the access (rights) to up to 10 different elements. The access can be granted to either a role or a single user. Below is ...
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Storing Passport Numbers in a database

We're developing a travel/tourist application for a tours company who want to be able to input traveler information into an online database. Is there any security best practice for storing passport ...
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Using Same CASE WHEN Conditions For Multiple Query Columns

Is there a "better" way to rewrite a SELECT clause where multiple columns use the same CASE WHEN conditions so that the conditions are only checked once? See the example below. SELECT CASE ...
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Storing a Billing Address Best Practice in Orders Table

Can someone help me understand this user's answer for a CustomerLocation table. I really want a good method for storing addresses in the orders table. What I'm looking for is how I can set up my ...
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PostgreSQL Stored Procedure Performance

Coming from a MySQL background, where stored procedure performance (older article) and usability are questionable, I am evaluating PostgreSQL for a new product for my company. One of the things I ...
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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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MySQL: is it more efficient to query for duplicate row or insert(update) on duplicate?

Just curious on resource efficiency. If I have a list of inserts that need to be accomplished repeatedly which may contain duplicates (there is no way around this, the API I have to work with sucks), ...
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Postgres DDL and DML best practices and coding standards [closed]

Is there a best practice or coding/design conventions for Postgres both DDL and DML/SQL that you could share and recommend. I am looking for something similar to what Google has for programming. ...
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Is it recommended to install extensions into pg_catalog schema?

Since objects in pg_catalog schema are implicitly in the search_path (docs), would it be recommended to install extensions in that schema?
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What is the proper setup for PG user for web application

We have a web app that detects if the DB does not exist and creates it. Users like it, but my thought is that such user has too much privileges. I would optimally propose to change the DB creation ...
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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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Granting access to all tables for a user

I'm a new to Postgres and trying to migrate our MySQL databases over. In MySQL I can grant SELECT, UPDATE, INSERT, DELETE privileges on a low privileged user and enable those grants to apply to all ...
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Should database directory and file access be restricted to only the db user?

I don't know exactly how to word this question and I haven't been able to find any specifics on it so apologies if it's a duplicate. I know that it's standard practice to have database server ...
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Sql Server Maintenance Plan - Best Practices on Tasks and Scheduling

I am tasked with devising a maintenance plan for our Sql Server 2005 databases. I know for backups I want to do a daily full database backup and transactional log backups every 15 minutes. My problem ...
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Should I create a extra relation-table when I have two columns in one table referencing to one column in another table

My problem is best explained by example: Suppose I have a database about chess games and players. Which one of the following structures should I choose Option 1) player (player_id,name... etc) ...
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How to revoke DBADM and clean up any related objects from DB2 LUW

This question has started because of us taking copies of production backups and restoring them into lower environments (with scrambled data of course) for developers to practice and/or debug against. ...
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Best practices on common person fields (Name, email, address, gender etc…)

What are the most common best practices on length and data type on common fields like: First Name Last Name Address Email Sex State City Country Phone Number etc....
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(MySQL) user table and profile separate, or same table?

I'm creating a blogging site that anyone can sign up and be an author for. I want each author to have their own public profile. My main question is; would it be better practice to have a separate ...
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SQL Server 2012 Security Best Practices [closed]

I'm looking to compile a good list of SQL Server 2012 security best practices. Do you know of any good articles or lists?
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Splitting a large table to improve performance

This is a follow-up to an earlier question. I have a SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard server, that holds a single database, which itself has almost nothing except a large table. The table is 100+ million ...
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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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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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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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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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Parallelism Best Practices

What are the best practices with setting parallelism in general? I know that SQL Server defaults to 0 to use all available processors, but in what instance would you want to change this default ...
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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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Multiple Similar Tables vs One Master Table

I'm a web app developer and less experienced in database design, so would appreciate anyone's input. When I first built this web app, the app managed one type of object (table) with a handful of ...
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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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Is table aliasing a bad practice?

I remember learning to do this in a DBMS course for Master of Information Services students. To save yourself some typing, you can type: SELECT t1.id, t2.stuff FROM someTable t1 ...
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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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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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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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Best practices for change management with indexes

Our IT shop is first starting to build a group of DBA's. All of us (myself included) have come over from the application development/architecture world, so the DBA world is still fairly new to us. ...
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Coding an accounting database from scratch? [closed]

My new medical practice is picking up fast and my homemade Libreoffice Calc spreadsheet is quickly becoming cumbersome to track patient visits, accounts receivable, overhead reconciliation, etc. Most ...
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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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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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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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Data archival strategy that handles schema changes?

I am working with a legacy application that has about ten years of customer data. A majority of this data is not used in day-to-day operations but there is a business requirement to have the data ...
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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 ...