Database design is the process of specifying the logical and/or physical parts of a database. The goal of database design is to make a representation of some "universe of discourse" - the types of facts, business rules and other requirements that the database is intended to model.

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The correct way of representing folders

I'm trying to kind of emulate a folder structure in my application. Now I've thought of two ways to achieve this, but what is the best practice for that? Table: Attachments Columns: Id (PK), ...
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How to store object with property of generic type in DB

In my business domain there exists an entity parameter. Beside other properties which are identical for each parameter, they have values. These values can be of different data types. There might be ...
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Are duplicates ever acceptable in a database

A warehouse system I am working on allows inwards consignments [type = 0] and outwards consignments [type = 1]. The user selects multiple products for each consignment and then multiple warehouse ...
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Where should a default setting field be?

I am creating a database to track occurrences of incidents on buses based on an existing system. Currently the drivers can set a default bus number, which is used to pre-populate the bus number on the ...
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which role-permission database design?

I want to manage roles and permissions. Most of designs on web look like this tables: Users Roles UserRoles Permissions RolePermissions Here, what is permissions? I am thinking for such a design ...
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Data modelling: RBAC for small enterprise software

I'm building the core tables for a small, cloud-based enterprise app. Is this data model suitable for a role based authentication system (flat hierarchy of permissions) that allows users to work for ...
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Database Design: separating reusable & instance data

I'm developing an app which is basically a collection of checklists that have to be processed. I obviously need a database in which the information has to be stored. I just can't wrap my head around ...
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Real Time data collection - Help select Database

My Scenario: I want to collect data from various sensors[for now I have 600 sensors sending data, but this may have to scale up to 3000 more data sensors, all sensors send real time data] Now I have ...
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How to represent class table inheritance (current DBMS-specific way please)?

I want to implement class either-or table inheritance (Account, CatAccountDetails, DogAccountDetails) in SQL Server. I found a recommendation for MySQL here (How do I map an IS-A relationship into a ...
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Unable to decompose this relation to BCNF

I have a relation R = { A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I } And functional dependencies F ={ ABC -> DE E -> C AB -> F C -> G F -> H H -> IJ F -> B } I am able to do simple BCNF ...
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PeopleSoft or Oracle App Designer Tool Alternative

We are using PeopleSoft app designer tool to manage and create projects, database objects - tables, columns, views etc in Oracle database. This tool has limitation that we cannot create tables/columns ...
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key value database

I have one object and a lot of data associated with that object, you can think of it as something like facebook timeline where we have user and user has a lot of posts. I cannot store data in JSON ...
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Improving database design for category based site

I'm working on a site that gets about 30k visits a day and it makes use of a lot of queries which uses UNION's over about 45 different tables, these tables generally range from about 15k rows to about ...
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MySQL column type to boost performance

I'll have a table where: userid (link to user's id in users table) foldername (a varchar, max. 260 char) entry (varchar, max. 1024) data (varchar, max. 20kb) Single user will have several foldername ...
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Advice on MYSQL DELETE on CASCADE, UPDATE on CASCADE features

I have 2 tables called copyrigihtinfo and sourceinfo and many to many to relationship table cp_src_junction with following data. copyrightinfo table cp_pk cp_info 1 copyright (c) 1991-2000, ...
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Building an economic time series database with aggregation/dis-aggregation capabilities

I am trying to build a database in MySQL and MS Access that contains economic indicators and financial time series. Initially, I wanted to solve the problem by setting up a table for each major ...
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Database design for price comparison site - too complex?

I'm working on a regular price comparison site with two exceptions. I want to show price history and also allow users to subscribe to a product with a specific size and color. As a result, I've ended ...
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Accounting - Dimention table in mysql

I am designing a accounting and mini erp system. I use a date dimension table to track all date related data. In oracle we can have many schema for a database. so we could create each schema for ...
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draw an ER model using Chen’s notation

hey Guys I need your help with these equations 1- In a faculty office of a department, each faculty has separate printer assigned to her which is connected to her computer. A printer cannot be ...
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Best practices for storing a small list of booleans

For a new application, I am designing a schema in MySQL to hold the data. It manages document information, with many optional attributes. Among them are lists of 3 to 5 boolean values (checkbox lists ...
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testing an extraneous attribute in a relation using functional dependency

I am studying the book "Database System Concepts" by sudarshan . In chapter 8.4.3 in a dependency alpha->beta , If A ∈ aplha to check if A is extraneous, let (gamma = alpha − { A}), and check if ...
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Manager a multivalued attribute?

In the traditional example of a COMPANY database in database design textbooks, we are told that a DEPARTMENT can have only one manager hence Manager should be a single-valued attribute. However, ...
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What pivot tables to use for User Event Registration with Events and Sub Events

I need to design a database for an application to register and review attendees for events. But There is a complication I don't know how to deal with The event they can register for is for a month, ...
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How to design a demographics database?

I have a bunch of stores. Each store has the same properties (ethnicity, marital status, income, and so on). Each of those properties has subproperties like (white, black, asian for ethnicity and ...
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identifying the functional dependencies

I have been reading up on database design and I am having some difficulty constructing functional dependency diagrams from tables. I have the following table. Each salesperson is identified by a ...
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why this FD make 3NF?

Question like this: Consider the relation scheme ABCDEF satisfying the following functional dependencies: BC --> ADEF CD --> B E --> D BC is a key and designated as primary. Explain why the ...
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Table design for optimum performance

For example let's say I have to create a table called Employee with columns EmployeeID, Name, DOB, Address, DepartmentID[FK]. So I create the table as follows with a primary key and a nonclustered ...
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Advice on table structure change

I am in the process of converting an Access application that stores and reports evaluations to being web-based using php and mysql. I have converted the structure and data over from Access and I have ...
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Calculate Quantity On Hand By Location

How can I calculate quantity on hand by location and validate the proposed location quantities against inventory transaction? Currently, I do not track location. I calculate total QoH via the ...
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Looking for a recipe to merge multiple rows to single row

I have a aggregation table that is written by multiple processors (around 20). Each row has a composite key - location-id, campaign-id,... and aggregate stats about it. I need to merge the ...
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Should I create a Factless Fact Table or Denormalise my table

I am creating a data warehouse from a store database and I have a question regarding the design of my dimensions and facts. In the store database a table exists for Person, Person_Address and ...
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Using triggers or php code

I have a table called Salons, which has over 15k Salon names. I have another table which takes count of the pageviews of each salon. My question is that if I want to update reputation of the Salons ...
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How to apply updates in a “Fan out on write” architecture?

If I copy certain writes to different tables for faster read performance on certain queries(fan out on write), how should I design updates? Since the data is spread over different tables, I'm trying ...
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calculating Canonical covers

Given F = {AB -> C, A -> BC, B-> A}, compute Fc AB-> C is A extra? {B->C, A-> BC, B->A} 1st possible Fc = {A->BC, B->AC} AB-> C is B extra? {A->C, A->BC, B->A) 2nd possible Fc = {A->BC, ...
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Tables with same schema in DB for different sources. Bad pattern?

The main purpose of the system being developed is to collect data from different sources, process and standardize it, and then add it to the DB. After information from all sources is collected it ...
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Billion records mysql performance with large result sets

I'm currently developing an application which will have several mysql tables where 3 of them have very large amounts of records. The thing is that my app will have to sync each account on a hourly ...
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Is database sharding done on a table level or database level?

I'm new to sharding databases, so I'm trying to wrap my head around it. Let's say we have a database that has 3 tables: Customer, Suppliers and Orders. Each table has 10 million records. I want to ...
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Last synchronization time between master and slave (replication)

During replication process where a Master is connected with slave. Some times connection between these two goes down. Any options to get the details of the last synchronization time?
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How to store multiple raster files in postgres / postgis efficiently

This question is partly linked with another question on GIS:stackexchange, but I believe it is has more to do with clever data management. I have a Postgresql server with Postgis extension running ...
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database design - upvotes for various types

In the early stages of an application I'm developing, I had two relatively simple tables - one for content and one for upvotes. The content table's schema is as roughly: data | text id | integer ...
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Entity Schema Design

I'm working on an application that has an "entities" system (built before my time) that models users, customers, contractors, vendors, etc. These are all types of people, but have different needs in ...
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Database & Structure for SaaS reporting software

I'm building a SaaS application to allow users to upload data and perform reporting and analytics on it. The reporting and analytics would be quite simple like grouping and aggregating. This has ...
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How to select column names that contains specific value from other table's column

Suppose I have table items and logs. Both tables have col1, col2, col3, col4... col(n). col1.. col(n) in table items simply specifies key name (col1 = "beef", col2 = "chicken", col3 = "bacon") ...
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Two types of rows with mutual fields and unique fields

I have a question about DB design. (MySQL) In my website, users can leave reviews for Stores and Products. Right now, there's a table for stores and a table for products. Each item ('item' = either ...
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Merge colums from two different databases using phpMyAdmin

Is there a way to: Replace all the data from database1 > table1 > column2 With Data from Database2 > table1 > column2 ONLY under the condition that the ID value in database1 > table1 > column1 ...
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Handle a Search on 2 Big Tables

Hello i want to realize a exchange system with 2 tables. 1 Table for "the user is looking for" 1 Table for "the user has to share" the Tables are very simple id bigint user_id bigint object_id ...
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Multi-Tiered Database Design Issue

I am trying to build the multi-level model as demonstrated. When a user creates a campaign they will select some categories and some metros from tables Category and Metro. Those selections will then ...
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SQL query to fetch results for multiple many to many relationship tables

We are developing a database for storing licensedetails of source code, archives, shareobjects, binary. We parse a detailed build and extract list of source files that make objects, list of objects ...
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Design and queries for analysis of event-sequences

I will have to store sequences of events with certain properties in a database (MariaDB preferably) and I have some issues regarding the design and queries. The crucial part is the analysis of the ...
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Suitable database to store GPS track data

I have a network of vehicles. Each vehicle is equipped with a GPS sensor sending data over 3G to my FTP server. As a first solution to test the sensors, each vehicle sensor sends a .csv file to the ...