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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NoSQL approach: design table “scheme”

We need to store simple log data in a database, but we also need to get and filter data in realtime, based on 'user', simple 'tag' (ie. redis, memcache, php, mysql, etc.) and timestamp. We need to ...
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Adding a bool column; tracking untouched vs. false

[backstory] I have a simple database of our current Widget inventory. It averages just dozen columns across five or six tables, but has a huge number of records already. Some Widgets came with ...
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Database design that handles data growth with time

I have a big table that stores video rental data with the following columns: id, title, language, duration, owner, remarks, closing_date_for_loan Assuming every day there are thousands of data ...
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PRIMARY KEY CONSTRAINT fundamentals

Can you explain why "primary key constraint" exists if, as you know, it is possible to create relationships between tables using unique indexes only ? The RDBMS that is used is SQL Server. In fact, ...
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Rent weekly cost database design

I have a database which contains a table BUILDING with in each row details about some building, another table BUILDING_UNIT contains rows with details about a single building unit which refers with a ...
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Database Design question, calculate or save financial positions

As the question states i'm currently internally strugling witha database design question. I work as a software developer (and i tend to do everything database related aswell since we're rather small) ...
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Does PgBouncer create a separate pool for every database config entry?

If I set up a pgbouncer.ini config file with several database entries, does pgBouncer create a separate pool for each one? I would think so, but have not been able to confirm this. For example, ...
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Enforce data integrity with a recursive table

I have an existing oracle 11g database schema that works with a web application. I am planning an expansion to the application so a web service can do data operations on the database. As part of the ...
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How to properly configure PostgreSQL RAM usage?

Using PostgreSQL, we have several hundred concurrent processes doing regular database access. We have our data spread out through several database servers, each of which houses a connection pool with ...
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How to properly configure pgBouncer transaction level pooling?

What is a good way to determine the number of available transaction connections when using pgBouncer to pool database connections? Also, how should I determine the number of max_connections and ...
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Database Relational Design for Multiple Categories

I am building a database for participants who are grouped into studies. There's a total of 5 different studies - A, B, C, D, and E. The participants may be in more than one studies, and participants ...
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Approach to Analyzing Database Requirements

When presented with requirements for a database driven system, I always find it useful to imagine a world with no computers, where data records were kept in filing cabinets and data was collected by ...
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Digital asset management

I'm working in a company that currently develops Media Asset Management system and now we want to improve our system for document files. I have to search nearly thousand .doc and .pdf files and index ...
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Public Database for Mobile Application

What are the proper steps to hosting a public database. Currently I a building a mobile application with Adobe Flash Builder. I have used Microsoft SQL Server, My SQL as well as WAMP Server. All of ...
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IP Address lookup star schema design

I am working on a project in which we need to do IP Address lookups. So for this we have got the datasets and now the next steps is to populate this datasets in to the table. And then have some ...
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Use single table with foreign key or two twin tables for text entries?

I have a table answers that has several columns including the content iself such as ID | q_id | list_id | user_module_id | content | updated_timestamp The content column is a varchar since we want ...
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Extensible Asset Database Schema

Background I work for a decent sized company in the hardware sector. Currently, we have a number of varying assets that need to be tracked. Until recently, this was done by hand as was an ...
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Database design for an E-commerce website

I am new to database design. I am designing a database for an E-commerce website, there are a lot of products to be updated, but while designing for product specification table I do not understand ...
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How to model inheritance of two tables mysql

I have some tables where I store data and depending on the type of person (worker,civil) that did a job I want to store it a table 'event', now these guys rescue an animal (thereis a table animal). ...
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Simple scenario needs to go from Unnormalized Data to 3NF - Review Please

NOTE: The Question has been updated. View Edit Revisions to view original question. The scenario. An animal charity that at the moment, track their establishment's costs via a spreadsheet like so: ...
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table design to track significant events associated with an item

An Orders table I'm dealing with at present in design phase has about 10 or more columns. Each OrderID in the Orders table will have certain significant events or milestones. The number of Orders ...
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Schema design: Use of association (aka: bridge/junction) table vs foreign key constraint with composite index containing a non-key field

This is an inventory database for IT assets. The models used are trimmed in order to focus on the problem at hand. Using SQL Server 2008. Thanks for taking the time to read and for any input you can ...
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Possible reasons for slow BLOB updates in Oracle?

We have an application that transfers .bmp images as BLOBs to an Oracle table. One of the users of the app has complained that it is taking 2-3 seconds to transfer each image. Each image is ~1.2Mb. ...
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mySQL Quickly find rows linked to another row

For example if I have a posts table with id and a likes table width id post_id user_id, how can I set up the database to organize the likes table by post_id in order so queries are faster? I can't ...
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Automatically create linked row in a different table

What I mean is that for example if I have a table user with id name prefId, and a second table preferences with id etc..., is it possible that when I add a row to user, it would automatically create a ...
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Efficient way to move rows across the tables?

This is somewhat long question as I would like to explain all details of the problem. System Description We have a queue of incoming messages from external system(s). Messages are immediately stored ...
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Relational database for address model

I want to design an "Address" model for all types of entities like users, businesses, etc. I have two types of main models: one is User and the other is Business. Each one has different address types ...
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SQL Uniqueness Across Multiple Tables

I have two SQL tables: Users and clients. Every row in the users table has a set of clients in the clients table, linked by the users table id field and the clients table user_id field. The users ...
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Postgresql Retrieve / Find Primary Key Serial Autonumber field for Audit logs

I need to find the Primary Key field name in each of a number (approx 70) of tables to create audit logs. All the primary keys are type serial (auto incrementing integer) and all have the name in the ...
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Database describing databases and references to tables

Context The company I work for makes a number of different softwares each with its own database. As they're all about related things (accounting) a good amount of data is theoretically the same among ...
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Adding an ID column to a join table (many-to-many) so that it can be targeted

I'm building a web application for a company that sells cars. They buy leads (personal details of people interested in buying cars) and try to turn them into customers. The company has a number of ...
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Implementation of stack in MySQL

I had an abstract idea of implementing a stack in MySQL. Tried a lot of Google work but couldn't reach to any logical conclusion. The Stack must be a collection of tables with the stack top pointing ...
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UML class diagramm for database design?

I used to make database designs using a french method called MERIS that uses mainly two diagrams to create the database (MCD and MLD), then i heard about UML and that is used also for databases and ...
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Error in creating trigger in phpMyAdmin

I have 4 tables: event: event_id(p.k) | uid | circle_id(f.k) activity: uid | performed_activity_id(f.k->event_id) | activity_type_id follow: follower_id | circle_id(f.k) notification: sender_id ...
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Database Design - different objects with shared tagging

My background is more in web programming rather than database administration, so please correct me if I'm using the wrong terminology here. I'm trying to figure out the best way to design the ...
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Should I always make an attribute id that's an primary key?

I was thinking, sometimes several columns in a table uniquely specify the whole row. In that case, is there a need to create a special column for a primary key? Is that good for something?
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Best practices for history/temporal tables?

Suppose I have an object, with certain fields which I want to track history, and certain fields which I do not want to track history. From a normalization perspective, is the following schema alright: ...
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Suggestion for storing a lot of simple data

I'm looking to crawl a lot of webpages (500,000,000,000) records and be able to store the linking structure for a later date. The way I planned on laying out the database was as follows: 2 Tables ...
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What are the advantages of a database design with single table for MtM relationships?

The database that backs our software product has a table design like the following: Positions ID Name Parts 1 One 12345 2 Two 12346 3 Three 12347 Collections ID ...
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Should I create a separate user table for different web products within the same platform?

We have a web product for young professional that gives them the possibility to create their page to show their professional identity. So a table users that has both information about the user (email, ...
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System to track what Zip Codes my vendors service

I am designing a table configuration that will contain all of the zip codes in the United States. I have a .csv file of all the zip codes in the U.S., so thats at least a start. This will end up as a ...
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Multiple parents and multiple children in product categories

I am making a ecommerce site. In this site I want to categorise the items into three different layers primary category sub category sub category >>electronic ...
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ER Diagram translation to tables

I am trying to translate the ISA relationship in this ER diagram to database tables, and I am not sure how to enforce the total and disjoint participation constraint of Laptop and Desktop in Computer. ...
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Storing metadata of various data types in a MySQL database

I am currently designing a MySQL database that will store a variety of documents in different digital formats (mostly docs, spreadsheets, and pdfs). Each document will have several metadata values ...
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Does MYSQL join before LIMIT?

Imagine that I want to populate the last 10 questions of stackoverflow. I have a table that keep the questions list, a table to keep the question info, a table to list question's asker. Now imagine ...
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ERD Review Please

I am building a simple database driven web application, but from reading so many books on the subject, I know that if my database is messed up, then my application too, will most likely be messed up. ...
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Normalisation from 1NF to 3NF

I need some guidance on normalisation from 1st Normal Form to 3rd Normal form. I have already set up my database which is working fine but needed to show some normalisation to show that I did do some ...
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How do I get ER Studio Data Architect to automatically add SCD Fields to my Dimensions?

This is my first try using this tool and Google searches have been fruitless. How can I get ER Studio Data Architect to automatically add the SCD Maintenance Attributes (fields) to the tables I ...
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Database Design Cars-Models / Car Classifieds

Im developing a Car Classifieds but im not sure of how is the best way to design something, there are some features of cars like if it have 2,4 doors, if it is 4x4 or 4x2, engine 1.6, 2.0. All this ...
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Correct data model for users with clients

I have an application where users are granted access. Part of the system allows users to have their own 'clients'. I have a users table ******************************** users ...