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

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CouchDB and document versioning

I'm currently working on a wiki-esque application using CouchDB and am trying to implement a document versioning scheme. The way I see it there are two ways of doing this: Store each version as 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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What exactly is a database engine?

I have gone through the definition on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Database_engine several times: A database engine (or "storage engine") is the underlying software component that a database ...
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Blockchain (Bitcoin) as a database?

I was reading this BBC News article and the following excerpt, caught my attention. It sounds like Always On Availability Groups or High Availability Mirroring, maybe with security automatically ...
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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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JSONB with indexing vs. hstore

I am trying to decide on the database design, with as few assumptions (regarding how the web app actually evolves) as possible at this stage. As a first step, understanding that JOINS are expensive, ...
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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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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 ...
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Concept of Schema in PostgreSQL

I am not able to understand concept and usage of schema in PostgreSQL. I have no idea how it can affect my database design. Why should I use it? Can it affect me in future if I decide to not think ...
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Is my understanding of Fact table granularity correct?

Myself and another DBA at our company are tasked with reviewing a database design that a vendor has developed for us. The vendor has said they use Kimball as the basis for their design. (NOTE: I am ...
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Clustered indexing is now must - why?

Earlier, there were non-conclusive to me debates / discussions on whether to (always) engage / avoid clustered indexes. Well, I understood that they are to be used sometimes with proper + specific ...
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Are there opensource hierarchical database management systems

I was looking for a hierarchical database management system and the only one i came across was IBM's ims.Are there opensource systems that one can use?.
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Migrating from text and image to varchar(max) and varbinary(max)

I have a SQL Server database which contains a number of image and text columns, and I'm studying potential problems that might arise from migrating them to their non-deprecated counterparts varbinary(...
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Composite Primary Key efficiency as a Foreign Key

I have a table with a Composite Primary key (consisting of 4 columns) which is used to ensure no duplicates are entered into the table. I am now in need of a new table which will need to reference the ...
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What happens when you modify (reduce) a column's length?

Lets say I have two columns of type NUMBER (without precision, and scale) and VARCHAR(300). I saw that these columns are way too large for my data, so I want to modify them to NUMBER(11) and VARCHAR(...
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Are there any good reasons for keeping date and time in separate columns?

I'm trying to understand our software vendor's decision to keep date and time in separate columns. For example, when the row was created or updated. Both time and date are DateTime columns. We are ...
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How to design this database to avoid cyclic dependency?

There are two tables: User Address User contains a reference to Address. Address contains the columns CreatedBy and ModifiedBy, which is reference to User. How do I design this database to avoid ...
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Functional dependencies applies to whole database or to a particular relation?

I am new to dbms. I saw a lecture video about functional dependencies. But I am confused a bit that whether functional dependency is a constraint put on whole database or on a particular schema?
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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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Store a formula in a table and use the formula in a function

I have a PostgreSQL 9.1 database where part of it handles agent commissions. Each agent has his/her own formula of calculation how much commission they get. I have a function to generate the amount of ...
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What is the most efficient way to alter a column definition in a table with millions of rows

I need to change a column from NOT NULL to NULL in a table that contains millions of rows. I've tried a simple alter table Table1 ALTER COLUMN Column1 XML NULL but it takes forever. So here are my ...
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Best way to store a value which could be multiple types

I'd like to re-ask a question in a more direct and general way: How do you create a table to store values which could be multiple different types? In my case, the values provide diagnostics about an ...
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NoSQL : What is unstructured data?

we are currently running at the edge of resources with our mssql server based solution. We have now many traditional options regarding the next move to tackle the load: buy faster CPUs and IO ...
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Can I losslessly decompose this table?

I've stumbled across a database design problem that's out of my league, and my go-to DBA guru is off on fire drills. In essence, I have a table with the following primary key: child_id integer ...
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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 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 e....
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Best practice for storing record metadata

What is the best practice for storing metadata of individual records in a database? I need to store common meta data such as creation time and time of last update for many tables in my database. I ...
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Generating Invoices and Tracking

Every 2 weeks, the system will generate the invoices for the companies. Company will receive an invoice on the 1st and 16th every month. (It will run via Cron Job every 2 week. It scan through the ...
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Need for indexes on foreign keys

I'm struggling with indexes, primary keys and foreign keys... And the need of having them all. If I have two tables, both of them have an integer as a primary key. The first table references ...
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Appropriate multi-language schema, or overkill?

UPDATE 2: I've actually ended up using this, and it's great after a couple tweaks. Here's my post on its actual design, and in action: http://tim.hithlonde.com/2013/lemon-schema-works/ I am building ...
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Database design advice

I'm designing a database for our sales team to use as a quick job quoting tool. I would like some feedback on a particular aspect of the design. A quote is basically built up by selecting a list of ...
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Why NOT partition?

When would one NOT want to partition a database? (thinking MySQL partitioning) In my case I'll be starting with a couple millions rows, it should grow from there. Primary key on a character field ...
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Database design for handling 1 billion rows and counting

We receive real-time GPS data at a rate of around 5000 pr. minute (from 4 TCP servers). Each server uses a single connection to insert the data, and buffers data in between inserts. Every 15 minutes ...
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Data Warehouse: How can i query daily snapshots?

I have some snapshots of a database that are not timeseries. For example: Snapshot day 1: +----+---------------+------------+------------+ | ID | Title | Category | Date | +-...
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Schema designing for handling multiple payment gateways

This is more of a question that requires feedback. I'm designing a database that handles multiple payment gateways. A payment gateway mostly requires a table for order details before making the ...
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Could Stack Overflow run on SQL Server Web Edition?

I am starting a new web venture that may need to scale to a high number of users. I am confident with the SPLA licencing for SQL Server Web edition, but want to know if I will need to factor in ...
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Best way to document database mappings for migrations [closed]

I'm working on a project that includes mapping database elements for a migration and I wanted to know what tools others were using to do this? Excel is a very flexible way to document simple ...
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Relational database: in-RAM partitioning? Theoretical structure discussion

I'm rewriting an MMORPG server engine using some rather esoteric elements (theoretically good but rarely used in practice), and having a bit of doubt. Some elements of this are “solid” — but the point ...
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Designing Simple Schema for Disaggregation of Demand Forecast

I am doing a simple database design task as a training exercise where I have to come up with a basic schema design for the following case: I have a parent-child hierarchy of products (example, Raw ...
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Database design: Dividing multiple identical tables, good or bad?

I am very new at SQL and databases in general. I only use them for the occasional homework so I haven't even tried to master them. I have seats at a theater, the seats are divided into 4 main areas (...
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How to create a database for unknown kinds of data?

I am in the process of designing a database for a new PHP/MySql-based application. My problem is that I do not and cannot represent what should be saved in the database because it is unlimited and ...
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Importance of ER Diagrams

I am a student and I am developing several projects as a part of my academia. While developing the database for one of the projects, we came across a situation where we thought about whether ERD is ...
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Data Compression Through Base36 Encoding

I'm trying to store a lot of large numbers that truncate when stored as INT values. Unfortunately they are too large for this type. I'm thinking about using Base36 encoding to accomplish this. Are ...