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

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One Big Database vs. Several Smaller Ones

We have a situation were we can (A) deploy instances of an applications in one MySQL database using table prefixing or (B) use different MySQL databases for each instance of the application, for e.g., ...
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Matching single column against multiple values without self-joining table in MySQL

We have a table that we use to store answers to questions. We need to be able to find users that have certain answers to particular questions. So, if our table consists of the following data: user_id ...
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Survey database design: associate an answer to a user

I'm doing the conceptual model for a survey database. The goal is store the answers given by users (it going to be an Android app). I have three entities: user, question and option. A question will ...
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Is there a standard implementation of a Users Database?

I need to implement basic personalized user functionality for my website. Is there a standard structure for databases of this type? Like is it common practice to have all user info and data in a ...
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Conceptual ERD Multi-table many to many, or possibly recursive?

I'm creating a conceptual diagram [yes, I know I've included attributes and keys - but this is just for me to consolidate what I'm doing whilst learning] -- so please treat it as Conceptual with the ...
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Ready-to-Use Database models example

Where can I find ready-to-use database models ? I don't need a database with data in it, but only schemas (UML diagrams). Perhaps something like the data models at this link, but much more complex ...
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eCommerce orders table. Save prices, or use an audit/history table?

Im designing my first eCommerce schema. I've been reading around the subject for a little while, and am a bit confused about the relationship between an order_line_item and a product A product can ...
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Finding empty columns of a table in PostgreSQL

What query would return the name of the columns of a table where all rows are NULL?
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How many Sproc Parameters is too many?

I've just started writing a Stored Procedure in SQL Server 2008 and have 30+ parameters. I've never written one with more than ~10 parameters, and that got me thinking... At what point are there too ...
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Where does the magic column “name” come from?

I got this by accident: db=> select name from site; ERROR: column "name" does not exist LINE 1: select name from site; ^ db=> select site.name from site; name ...
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How-to implement an entity with an unknown maximum number of attributes?

I am designing a baseball simulation program and I have run into a problem with designing the boxscore schema. The problem I have is that I want to track how many runs are scored in each inning. The ...
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Proper technique for storing users event data

I am mostly a self-taught when it comes to database designs. I am posing this question because I have settled on this common structure, but am wondering if it is the most efficient or 'industry ...
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Is a 5+ column primary key bad for large (100 million+) table?

I was reading about some real life DB issues, and one project had a 100 million row plus table that had 5 columns as its primary. I'm thinking this is bad, but can anyone tell me exactly why? The ...
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Designing a user authenication (Roles & Rights) module

I am trying to model a User Authentication module for a MS SQL Server database that will be the back end to a Delphi UI Application. Basically, I want to have user accounts where the user belongs to ...
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Foreign keys - link using surrogate or natural key?

Is there a best practice for whether a foreign key between tables should link to a natural key or a surrogate key? The only discussion I've really found (unless my google-fu is lacking) is Jack ...
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Explaining 2NF vs 3NF with an example

I have a problem with second normal form (2NF) and I have been unable to solve it by using Google. It is making me crazy because I am a teacher and I don't want to teach wrong stuff to my students. ...
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What are the penalties of using many (thousands) of column families or keyspaces in Cassandra?

I am in the process of evaluating the best design for our Cassandra installation. There is not so much information out there on the Internet about using the first two levels of access that Cassandra ...
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Design Pattern - One of Many Parent Tables

I come across a situation in database quite frequently where a given table can FK to one of a number of different parent tables. I've seen two solutions for the problem, but neither is personally ...
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SQL Server database design for “archived but available” data

We have this large database (>1TB) that we intend to "shrink". The database revolves around one main entity, let's call it "Visit". For discussion, let's say it is a database for a medical practice. ...
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What should I use? A string or 15 integer fields?

I am developing a student tracking program where I need to store 15 exam marks. I can store the marks as a string and split them up when I need to, for purposes such as performing arithmetical ...
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How costly is opening and closing of a DB connection?

How CPU intensive is opening and closing of a DB connection (for a web app) in MySQL ... when the DB software is on localhost? ... when the DB software is on another machine?
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Pros/Cons Using multiple databases vs using single database

Working on a new project which has the requirement to use 7 databases. Arguing performance, stability, optimization is easier implemented. While I don't agree I'm having trouble collecting good ...
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Suggestion for Large SQL Server Database Design

We are creating a database in MSSQL 2008 R2 Standard where we will be storing a large number of records. We estimate 200 million+ records in one table annually and we are primarily INSERTing with very ...
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Would it be considered as a bad practice to have multiple nullable FKs on a table in SQL Server

On my database structure in SQL Server, I have 3 types of products which requires different information about the order. So, I created one Customers table and three different orders tables: ...
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How to design a relationship database table to store friendship relationship?

I want to design a table to store friendship relationship in my web project It should satisfy at least the following 4 conditions: who send the add-friend request e.g.(if A TO B then this ...
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Could a null column be part of a primary key?

I'm developing a SQL Server 2012 database and I have a question about a One-to-Zero-Or-One relationship. I have two tables, Codes and HelperCodes. A code could have zero or one helper code. This is ...
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How to choose a collation for international database?

I'm designing a database which will store data in different languages (using UTF-8), so I think the best way to display the queries results is ordering it according to the user's language during the ...
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Where should one put indexes in a time dimension table?

After reading the Questions and Answers from this website about indexes, a question came to my mind. What if, one is using a time dimension table with the lower level of granularity being the day. ...
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How to structure a model to properly and efficiently represent tree-like data on relational databases?

Based on Traversing tree-like data in a relational database using SQL question, I would like to know how the way regularly used to describe tree-like data on relational databases considering physical ...
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Inventory database structure when inventory items have varying attributes

I'm building an inventory database to store enterprise hardware information. The devices the database keeps track of range from workstations, laptops, switches, routers, mobile phones, etc. I'm using ...
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Is it bad idea to create foreign keys on the tables in a different schemas in the same database for big applications?

I am working on the transfer a big pl/sql web-based application to the dedicated server. This application is located in one schema with 70 packages of programm code. This application was made ...
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Disable all constraints and table checks while restoring a dump

I've obtained a dump of my PostgreSQL database with: pg_dump -U user-name -d db-name -f dumpfile which I then proceed to restore in another database with: psql X -U postgres -d db-name-b -f ...
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How does using separate schemas affect SQL Server 2008 performance?

I want to use separate schemas for objects with different purposes in our SQL Server 2008 database. Right now we use a fairly mind-numbing naming convention to indicate the purpose of a table or ...
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Which schools are known for graduation level database research?

Which schools across the world are best known for research being carried out in database field in recent times?
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Storing and querying rolling data in PostgreSQL

I have a large quantity of weather model data being put into a PostgreSQL database. The machine has 8 cores and 16 GB of RAM. I'm running PostgreSQL 9.3 with PostGIS 2.1. Each table will have a ...
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Which DBMS are fast enough for an online game (few thousand players)?

I'm currently making an MMORPG game, which could have a few thousand players online at the same time (probably not; just wishful thinking). First we wanted to use MySQL, but I have heard it isn't fast ...
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SQL Database Structure for RESTful API

I am creating a RESTful API. I am struggling to decide on the best way to design my database tables around my resources. Initially, I though a table per resource would be a good way to go, but I'm ...
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What are negative keys used for?

Somewhat new to using standard SQL databases (currently working with MySQL mostly) I haven't run across many usages of this as of yet. When and why is it useful to have negative (or rather signed) ...
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Is that a good idea to use one database for 50.000+ shops?

I know Shopify use only one database for all shops. But how can they handle their database with such a big data? Is that a good idea to use single database for 50.000+ shops?
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Why shouldn't I have one table for multiple relationships?

Assuming I have multiple relations in my database, for example Store, Employee and Sale, and I want to connect pairs with a simple binary relationship. Personally I would create tables named ...
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How to avoid a cyclic dependency (circular reference) between 3 tables?

I have 3 tables: People Post Likes When I design the ER model it has a cyclic dependency: 1:N People --------< Post 1:N Post ----------< Likes 1:N People ...
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Data Warehouse design for reporting against data for many time zones

We are trying to optimize a data warehouse design that will support reporting against data for many time zones. For example, we might have a report for a month's worth of activity (millions of rows) ...
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Fact table foreign keys null?

I am new to data mart design and need to clear a few concepts. I have read up a bit on dimension modelling where I see that fact tables store foreign key references to dimension tables. Now suppose ...
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Don't know how to transform variable entity into relational table

INTRODUCTION AND RELEVANT INFORMATION: The following example illustrates the problem I face: Animal has a race, which can be a cat or a dog. Cat can be either Siamese or Persian. Dog can be a German ...
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What are the performance considerations between using a broad PK vs a separate synthetic key and UQ?

I have several tables where records can be uniquely identified with several broad business fields. In the past, I've used these fields as a PK, with these benefits in mind: Simplicity; there are no ...
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Alternative to EAV for dynamic fields in a star schema data warehouse

I need to support dynamic fields and values in a big datawarehouse for storing API requests log, my user case is that I need to store all API requests query string and able to perform query against ...
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Is this a standard way to design a database?

I recently learned about how relationships are defined in the database at work, and was wondering if this is a standard practice. Let's say we have two processes: Process A, and Process B. Process B ...
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Am I violating any NF rule on my database design?

I am a newbie on creating database... I need to create it for my recruitment web application. My application needs to schedule screenings, exams and interviews of applicants and save result in the ...
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Is it reasonable to mark all columns but one as primary key?

I have a table representing movies. The fields are: id (PK), title, genre, runtime, released_in, tags, origin, downloads. My database cannot be polluted by duplicated rows, so I want to enforce ...
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Database behind a Multilingual User Interface

This question is about an issue somewhat more complicated than the one which has already been addressed in these old questions, all of which are duplicates of one another: Suggestion for database ...