The logical model and/or physical design of a database.

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Tracking events in a task database

In designing a task database with the usual set of tables (Users, Tasks etc), I'm wondering if there is an accepted way to track changes to fields in the task table? I could just provide a text log ...
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Adding nullable column to table costs more than 10 minutes

I have problems to add a new column on a table. I tried to run it a couple of times, but after more than 10 minutes running, I decided to cancel the query because of lock time. ALTER TABLE mytable ...
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Should I drop this column or is there a query that can achieve a results table without duplicate columns?

I use a column named active in several of my database tables to adjust whether a particular entry/row/user/etc should be included in future query result tables instead of deleting the information. ...
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Separation of users columns in another table

I've got a quite a lot of columns on the users table and I have been cleaning it up recently. Now since I'm searching over the users I figured it would improve performance if I separated verification ...
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How to model mappings at various levels

I'm trying to design the database model for my application and I'm finding it difficult to design the mappings for user access to various entities stored in the database. If access was only ...
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Storing DB credentials in an application source code?

I am making an app which connects to a DB, and the app will have plenty different userslogins. Is it a good design choice to have a specific DB login/password for the application, using which the ...
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Unique constraint to enforce max one null per item

I am using PostgreSQL 9.3. Suppose we are manufacturing some items of certain types, at any moment we are producing at most one item of a certain type. The following table captures our history of ...
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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 predict the growth of a PostgreSQL database

I'm looking for a way to predict growth of the database given its fields, indexes, constraints (as foreign key), number of lines, and so. I searched on Google, but I found only means to determine the ...
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How to design database with january-december for every entry [closed]

Need help for designing my database, I have a table named transaction with columns: tr_id, item, item_cost, item_quantity, total and my problem is: I need to divide the item_quantity from january to ...
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Schema for storing historical data on shared identifiers

When user account is assigned an IP address, I create a table entry for the account/IP mapping. This data in the table is updated every 5 minutes. Right now I'm only keeping real-time data but I need ...
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What database should I use? [closed]

I am writing a log analysis program in bash. As part of it, I am compiling a list of known errors, so that I can search and reference those errors as part of the known list. I originally was going to ...
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Need Help maintaining multiple databases for a multi-tenant application?

i need some information about multiple databases for a multi-tenant application ? I am working on a project in which we are maintaining separate database for every company? The Companies Database ...
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How to enforce the structural constraints of rectangularly arrayed data?

(I'm particularly interested in answers that view the question below as a special case of the question: how should a RDBMS enforce structural constraints that are more specific than "one-to-many" and ...
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How to break table into two without losing performance?

According to http://stackoverflow.com/a/174047/14731, splitting away infrequently-needed columns frees up the cache allowing faster retrieval of the commonly-used columns. I've got a table whose ...
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Does a Key-Value type table still needs a auto increment key?

Suppose that I have a very simple table to store variable-like data, like this: +-----------+-----------------+ | key | value | +-----------+-----------------+ | site_url | ...
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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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Hierarchy for dimensional model

I am trying to model a DW where I have many levels of geography (Neighborhood, District, City, State). I have several demographic data that should be included in the model. These data include count ...
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Max from 2 columns with priority date col then the seq col Oracle

I have a column xdate, column seqnumber, personID I want 1 record per personID, where it is the most recent xdate max(xdate) if there is multiple same max xdates i want it to look then for the max ...
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Null column for username and password when using Login with *social network*

I want to know what are the conventions for columns like username and password when your application supports login with a third party, like login with facebook for instance. Given the fact that when ...
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How do I prove that the act of removing foreign keys doesn't corrupt existing data?

TL;DR: Prove that in practice, the execution of the alter table table_name drop foreign key constraint_name statement does not corrupt existing data. The important consideration is the execution of ...
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How do I choose primary keys for star schema BI data warehouse?

I am extracting sales turnover data from a Microsoft Dynamics Database into another SQL database that will be used by the BI tool of choice. This data is coming from G/L (general ledger) entry items. ...
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Schema for multi-account database

I'm building an app which will have accounts for organisations leading to organisation.myapp.com subdomains for their account access. I'm putting together the schema for it and I have a few ...
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Bad Design or Complicated Query?

Problem: For fun I am building a Database for lottery results to get some statistics off of. As of now I am only interested in a Pick 3 style lotto and might introduce more later. How would you ...
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1 million strings and exact match search

I need to chose the best solution (software and algorithm) to solve my problem. I need to store up to million strings and data associated with them. Strings are search queries and data is cached ...
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Converted ERD into Dependency Diagram 1NF, 3NF

Thats the ERD. I'm studying for an upcoming test and having trouble getting my head around converting thes ERDs into dependency diagrams. This is from a previous exam that the Lecturer told us to ...
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Building a branched versioning model for relational databases

I am database designer and at my current project I'm implementing versioning capabilities required to concurrently edit rows of data in RDBMS. The project requirements says, that data editing sessions ...
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Establishing referential integrity in a generic table?

Current Schema: - DropDown: DropDownID PK, Name nvarchar(25) - DropDownOption: DropDownOptionID PK, DropDownID FK, Name nvarchar(25), Description nvarchar(155) ...
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modelling warehouse picking

What's the best way to approach modelling a warehouse picking system? To be precise, customers place orders which are processed by warehouse staff. A simple products and orders database isn't an ...
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Which is the better schema design for a voting system?

Imagine a q/a site or forum similar to stackoverflow. I'm trying to determine which of these two methods would be the better design for a voting system: (note: I would also like to keep record of all ...
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Should I add transitive foreign keys?

Simple example: there is a table of customers. create table Customers ( id integer, constraint CustomersPK primary key (id) ) All the other data in the database should link to a Customer, so ...
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Conditional value lists in MySQL

apologies in advance if the language I use here is insufficiently specific. Please let me know if there's anything that I can clarify. Does MySQL provide a means of creating conditional value lists a ...
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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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What's the use of assigning foreign keys on MySQL [duplicate]

Aside from indexing the value of the foreign key, what is/are the advantage of assigning foreign keys to databases? I've seen a lot of databases that does not assign foreign keys, but is relational by ...
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Why WordPress use a column prefix? [closed]

I'm trying to learn some basic database design through open source projects. And look into the WordPress database schema, the posts table for example, you'll find something like this post_author ...
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Same column relational Id to multiple tables

Is it appropriate to use a column as a relational id to multiple tables? For example: referenceId - int relational id to various tables tableReference - String defining the table This way I can ...
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how to design a database's table to store mysql spatial data in a parent child relation?

I want to store locations and polygon data in a parent-child relationship. I am using spatial data in MySQL and Google maps for polygon. Examples: 1. World 1.1 US 1.2 China 1.3 Japan 1.4 South ...
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Should I add new column or new table

I have an existing table called exampletable1, now i have been given a new list of data called "medicines" it only have: male,female as its value. I'm having a problem whether to add another varchar ...
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Is there any way to do a SELECT query without any optimization in SQL Server?

I am trying to test the speed of SQL server queries. However, once I do the query once, it becomes a lot faster. The database is live so I can not make any changes to it, only to the SELECT query ...
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Composite Primary Key column order

How would you do the ordering of the PK columns in this case (Oracle 11gR2 Standard Edition): I have a database where I offer the same application to many users. I want to be perfectly sure that all ...
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Is this SQL schema normalized according to 3NF?

This schema is for a sports statistics/data app Note: Pink background = string/char/varchar Yellow background = int/tinyint Green background = dateTime bold column = PRIMARY key id_* = FOREIGN ...
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Spliting tables with *almost* same values

I have different kind of documents which have common fields (not all of them, but most) and I thought to put them in the same table and use ENUM to differentiate them. Then I realized that if have ...
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Best practice for a Table with private columns

I have a table with user data, where most of the columns can be public or private (so it will be shown or not on the app) and every user can decide which fields to hide. So far I had a couple of ...
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Creating a database with only MySQL command line?

The linux server on which I'm attempting to create a MySQL database has many difficult to work with permissions. My supervisor has tried to install MySQL Workbench on the server, but has been unable ...
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Split date time, with only time, into minutes and seconds

I'm creating an Access database from an excel file that contains metadata about vhs tapes and DVDs. The person who created the excel file had the running times as a date/time field in minutes:seconds. ...
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Database design for a table with both bulk insert and single row insert

I have to design a table where records will be inserted in two ways. Bulk insert from a batch process from a delimited text file between 2 - 3 million rows in a short burst. Later the same records ...
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3NF Decomposition - I'm not sure about this example

I am trying to make sense of an example of 3NF decomposition using the 4-step algorithm mentioned by Ullman here, but I'm not understanding what my lecturer is doing with the last step (or, worse, I'm ...
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Restrict two specific column values from existing at the same time

I have a PostgreSQL example table where at most one row that is not of type 'c' should be allowed. I would appreciate any help creating a constraint that will enforce this. CREATE TABLE example ( ...
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What's the best design for a logical structure that contains different properties of various types for different entity categories? (MySQL or NoSQL)

I'm designing a MySQL database that needs to contain a list of products. Those products, based on their category, will need to have a list of various properties. Let's say all products in category ...
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Messaging Database - How to handle multiple recipients

So I am trying to develop a relational database (I'm using MySQL, planning on a Java front end) where I have 3 tables (People, where I store names and relevant personal information... and Messages ...