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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Multilingual Article/ Category database design

I wasn't getting any answers over at Programmers and was advised to go over here instead... I wanted to make a design for a multilingual database and after having drawn it up have arrived at 5 ...
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Data-Duplication Vs Data Normalization. Better DB model?

I've 2 tables as follow:- Table UserProfile:- id name age gender phone city state country fb email and UserPoints Table having the following fields user_id activity_date app_point redeem_point ...
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Forcing FK constraint to validated in system catalog

I have a big table (~60gigs, 35mill+ rows) that I need to add a FK to. Adding a FK directly to the table causes a validation which runs for about 30secs that I want avoid as it's a 30sec access ...
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SSMA not moving partition info from MySQL to MSSQL

I am trying to convert my existing database from MySQL5.x to MSSQL 2014. While all the table schemas gets ported from MySQL into MSSQL, table partition info are not being carried over. ...
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Data model for Object Versioning with Life Cycle Stages

I am looking for probable logical data model which will have the Object versioning capability like Version 1, Version 2 etc. and as well as Life cycle stages of each and every object. Please note that ...
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Dummy Objects vs. NULLs: optionality for three-way relationship

In a nutshell, I'm trying to model a relationship and can't decide whether to allow NULLs or to require values and use dummy objects (in place of NULL). Here are the details. I have three classes: ...
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Unique indexes on table with multiple columns

I have a table called organogram: SHOW CREATE TABLE organogram: CREATE TABLE `organogram` ( `organogram_id` int(11) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, `locatie_id` int(11) NOT NULL, `afdeling_id` int(11) ...
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Database design trouble for survey application

I'm having trouble figuring out how to design database tables. I'm going to have a table employees which has the employees' information such as names, age, email, etc. It is going to be an ...
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Two id columns in one detail table

Let's I have two tables(I have removed some columns for brevity): ADULTS -> ID CHILDS -> ID And I have one table which includes detials about these persons like that: USERS-> ADULT_ID, ...
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Multiple M-M relationships between tables

I am working on the design of a new database. In this database, we track equipment corrective actions (repair). We have three personnel fields in each Equipment Corrective Action record: initiated ...
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How do I define a 'flexible' relationship in my table?

I'm working on a large application, with tons of tables and a huge codebase. It's a system in which people have rights to use functionality X and/or functionality Y and/or functionality Z. ...
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Use ID from another mysql database?

I have a mysql database for form submission (written in PHP) data and a mysql database for CRM (using X2CRM) on the same server. When a form is submitted on my website the POSTed data of the form ...
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Help in Designing a CBT database

Please i need help in modifying or remaking the database so that i can mark answers to questions immediately. The problem is some courses have 50 questions, while others have 100. How can i design ...
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Access 2010 Forms not seeing imported data

I created a form that has several sub-forms. During testing with sample data everything works great. I can switch between sub-forms and all the data is correct. I deleted the sample data and imported ...
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how to enable powerdesigner 16.5 auto increment primary key for MySQL database

I am using powerdesigner 16.5 to model my MySQL database. Anybody knows how to enable its auto-increment primary key feature?
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Relationships for database tables in HR/Compliance Database using MS Access

I am designing a dual HR and Compliance Database and am stuck on how to relate 3 specific tables. I have an Incidents table that tracks incidents, a Review table that shows data collected from reviews ...
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Are these One-to-Zero-or-One relationship correct?

I'm working with SQL Server 2012 and I have these three tables: CREATE TABLE [dbo].[CODES] ( [CODE] [nvarchar](20) NOT NULL, [ ... ] , CONSTRAINT [PK_CODES] PRIMARY KEY CLUSTERED ( ...
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Database separation of backend users and member users

I'm creating a website that has 2 kind of users. Backend users and member/frontend users. There are some same functionality on both users. I'm thinking if it is ok to separate them, instead of ...
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These relationships are redundant?

I have the following entities for a clinic. Patient visit the clinic for diseases (study) and physician(s) will exam the patient and create a report for each desease. physician visit study report ...
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Procedure Security Layer

I want discuss an idea with you and get your opinions what you think about it. From database (SQL Server 2008 R2) administration view and general security, its good practice to create DB roles and set ...
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Table with both primary key and unique key

My system requirement defines a unique business/domain/natural key (i.e. <yyyymmdd><branch_id><running_number>, in bigint). Should I use this unique key as primary key or I should ...
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Is the use of my lookup table efficient?

I'm trying to find the best way to architect the relationship in the scenario that: A team can have multiple players, a player may also have multiple teams My first thought was to use a lookup ...
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Table Design For Patterned Data Using Variable Bucket Ranges

Looking for table design for this scenario to be implemented on SQL Server 2012 instance. Scenario There are a total of seven types of reported data, each with variable number buckets of ...
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ERD to data structure

I'm new to databases. I converted my ERD to data structure. Althougt I made sure all the 1NF, 2NF and 3NF are handled, I'm skeptic about it. This is the data structure. Port(PortID(pk), Name, ...
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A transition table, is it a good idea?

I'm writing an application that stores a project's C++ API representation. For example, I have tables like Class, Function, FunctionParameter, DerivedClass, BaseClass, and so on. Every once in a ...