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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Is the table in 3NF?

I am creating a relational database - a library management system. I want to show an example where I normalize the data from 2NF to 3NF. My example of 2NF looks like The definition of third normal ...
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how to resolve this insurance company database

Company offers 3 types of personal motor insurance to vehicle owners. It includes the third party insurance, fire and theft, and comprehensive cover. All vehicle owners need to purchase a motor ...
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Finding missing_index_details in MySQL

MS SQL Server apparently can tell you what indexes would be useful for your query. Is there anything similar in MySQL? This article (scroll to "Find missing indexes") says that in Microsoft SQL ...
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What is the difference between 2 phase locking and strict 2 phase locking?

2 phase locking is used to ensure isolation of database transactions (by ensuring serializability). But there is another term called Strict 2 phase locking. I find it hard to understand the ...
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What are my options in creating this Location table?

Say I have an Items table. Each item has a location associated to it. This location can either be a city, a state or a country. I believe this could normally be solved with a column Type in the ...
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Good way to store daily train data in MongoDB

I am preparing to collect large amounts of information about trains in my country. Each train in my country has a number. I've already collected all of these numbers. There are about 4000 of them. ...
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Implementing a consistent mailbox

I am trying to implement something like a mailbox for short messages between users. I am using Postgresql 9.4.1 with SQLAlchemy (Python3). There is a table of users: users = Table('users',metadata, ...
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Help with ER design

So i am trying to create a db for a restaurant as a homework assignment.. However there is a spot that confuses me and involves the dish entity. "Every dish must belong to a category ...
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Database schema design for individual configurations

I'm trying to design a database schema that allows me to store customer custom built products. As a simplified example: A user can buy a cupboard, draws, boxes, and dividers. A cupboard has 2 tiers. ...
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How to query against legacy data that needs to be cleaned up?

I have an existing SQL Server DB with 3 tables (note: this is a made up example, but modelled after a real problem). Artists : contains music artists MusicRecords : contains information on music ...
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How to store likes to posts in Parse.com database?

In my parse database I have a classed called Post and Like. Should I create a field likes in Post class with Relation<Like> type or there is another better option of storing likes in Parse DB?
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Nosql multiple database design to handle sharing scenarios

This question is regarding design of a database in mongodb. The scenario: A user has a drive which he can share with others. Drive has two categories: docs and others. The user has three choices in ...
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What are the different types of binary relationship types?

I'm new to databases and while studying questions on it, I've come across one that I can't find the answer to. Define the three different binary relationship types that are common in relational ...
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How do I maintain categories and products of an optical store?

I have a requirement for an optical store. He has various categories like AgeGroup(Kids/GrownUps), GenderGroup(Male/Female/Unisex), FrameType(Metal/Plastic), FrameShape(Full ...
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Enforce referential integrity for FriendRequest table that has UserA and UserB

I have a table called User that has UserName as a primary key. I want to establish a relationship with enforced referential integrity between User and FriendRequest. FriendRequest has the following: ...
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reports on history table

Assume Trucks which travel between Cityies. I store the Cityies that a Truck has traveled to in TruckLocationHistory table, if the Truck is passing the City, State = Passed and if it gonna stays for ...
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How to represent directed graph with multiple parents?

http://dirtsimple.org/2010/11/simplest-way-to-do-tree-based-queries.html provides an algorithm for inserting and deleting from a Closure Table. I'd like to model a similar data structure, except that ...
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DB Design: Looking for Performance improvement with a Column used in all SQL Queries

I recently got added to a new ASP .NET Project(A web application) .There were recent performance issues with the application, and I am in a team with their current task to Optimize some slow running ...
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Relational or non-relational database for a system to pass objects on?

hopefully this is the right place to ask this kind of question. I am working on a system that focuses on helping people give away things that they don't use anymore. So, an object typically has the ...
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How to handle many columns / variable schema?

I apologize in advance in case this question has been asked already. I'm working on revamping a reporting application used within my company. The requirements are: Support addition of new fields ...
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Identifying functional dependencies

I'm having trouble understanding the logic in use for identifying functional dependancies. Looking at the sample relation below, I understand fd1 - fd3. But when I look at fd4 and fd5, its logic ...
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Conceptual model vs Logical model vs Physical model

I'm doing a work about database, and now I need to show three different images, one image with the conceptual model, other with logical model and other with physical model of a database. I'm looking ...
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Dealing with Multiple User Roles

I'm working on a project based on a CMS, where there is a built-in roles table. However, the CMS allows a user to have one role only using role_id And these are the requirements that struggling me: ...
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Optimize finding the next batch of data from A to be crunched and inserted into B

I'm using PostgreSQL to store data produced by a large distributed computation. There are several stages to this computation; the idiom we've settled on is that there's a table containing the results ...
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“Replicate” Table structures with sp_addscriptexec

In our customers environment is a massive central server (running SQL Server Enterprise 2008R2) and some distributed PCs (running SQL Server Standard 2008R2). The central server has a replication for ...
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Postgresql - How to Convert all Column Names to Lowercase

I have a travel survey with a series of tables (lots and lots of columns) that I exported from MS Access into a postgres database. I've search around a lot for an explanation of how to convert all the ...
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Modeling for inclusion of two different entities

What I Have I am currently hashing out the data model for an application that will utilize MongoDB. In my setup, users or members (as they are called in the schema) will be created and then assigned ...
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How to generate data for News Feed efficiently like facebook , googleplus , twitter e.t.c?

I have created table as post ( post_id int(15) auto_increment primary key , user_id int(11) , post_text varchar(2000) , post_type int(1), ...
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Difference in the workload related to data-amount and search option

A couple of days ago I was asked why it is necessary to use the first normal form also for separation of names. We have a table which stores private customers (Name+Surname;Information) and business ...
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Database design: Normalizing a “(many-to-many)-to-many” relationship

Short version I have to add a fixed number of additional properties to each pair in an existing many-to-many join. Skipping to the diagrams below, which of Options 1-4 is the best way, in terms of ...
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Basic Design Question about one to many in a table

Sorry for the basic question but I am new to all of this! Say I have a table named Runs, and each table has Run: id (primary_key) data (String - path to a data file) status timestamp ... ...
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Second opinion about elimination of possible redundant database column

We currently have a Widgets database table were we track the widgets the company produces. When a widget is produced the widget information is added to this table. This Widgets table contains a Status ...
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A better model for connecting users to different objects, even efter they cease to exist

I've got the privilege to create a small in-house application for managing todo-lists, although I am not really a developer. (I know some PHP and SQL, and got a chance to prove myself). As my ...
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Can somebody check this normalisation workings i think i am missing a step or a dependency somewhere

given these two tables: and: I need to first list them as an un-normalised structure(s) then i need to identify the functional dependencies/primary keys. Once i have done this i must represent ...
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How to join the tables in mysql to get wall messages and comments with name of person ? Only user and his friends messages

I have four tables in my mysql database as shown in the image url provided. I want to select data from the tables without duplication. I want to show messages and comments on wall according to the ...
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Keys of a relation

I got relation: R = { (ABCDEF) , (A B F -> C, B C -> F, F -> A, F -> B, D E -> E, E -> D)} keys of this relation are: {BCE}, {EF} But i dont get it... why? Why not only {EF}.. it got less ...
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SQLite Design: Better to have many tables with few columns or few tables with many columns?

I am struggling to figure out the best design for a Sqlite database that will hold data about Facebook pages so that I can calculate benchmarks for how the average Facebook page performs. I have an ...
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Relation between lossy decomposition and Natural join?

I am confused with the lossy decomposition and natural join. Natural join(with common attribute): only respective common attribute for the resultant table is formed. Lossy: Natural join on tables ...
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Schema for yearly data models

I am developing a school management system. Most data will not be reused after the end of the school year. I am contemplating using schemas to separate data in various school years, however I am ...
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MySQL: What criteria should I base my table column order/arrangement/grouping on?

Does the order, arrangement or grouping of columns with large (such as long text descriptions) and small (such as bit and tinyint) field types have any noticeable impact on MySQL (InnoDB engine) ...
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Optionally free-form reference

I've seen a few instances of entities which have a field which can be either a reference to another entity or free text. You typically represent this in the UI by having a dropdown widget which can ...
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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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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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When to split a large table

I run the SQL Anywhere DBMS, and we have a table of about 10 columns(normal text, timestamps etc). However, in my use-case, every single day, the table gets 2160000 new rows. It's also crucial that ...
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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 ...