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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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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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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Replicating databases for local and cloud instances

Forgive me if this is an inappropriate place for this architectural question but I'm not sure where it best fits in the StackExchange family. I have been tasked with developing an online/live auction ...
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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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Are there any best practices before moving SQL Server to another node (controlled failover)?

Let's say there are multiple jobs running on the SQL Server - we have index maintenance jobs, backups, replication, etc. We would like to perform a switchover using Failover Cluster Manager. Are there ...
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going from heirarchical XML to heirarchical SQL tables then SQL to c# objects to go to user view, how should I store the data in the databases?

Hi I'm getting my data from a web service using their getData call and it comes in as fairly chunky heirarchical XML, first everything all at once, like <allData> <product1> ...
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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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Enforce a hard limit on write execution time during Amazon RDS write stalls

I am trying to recover from the situation where Amazon RDS write operations stall (some discussion on why this is here). If I show full processlist, I will see something like this: 318263 myapp1 ...
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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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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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Hints about Datatypes

I'm currently writing some style guides for a new project where we want to use Oracle for the first time in a extensive manor. I already wrote down some naming conventions for tables, columns, pk, ... ...
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Performance One Row With Total Vs Multiple Rows with Seperate Values?

Not 100% sure how to explain this situation but here it goes: I am building an Inventory Database that all items received are entered into and a label is created for each Container, that is going to ...