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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Use multiple columns for location or supertype/subtype?

Given an Equipment entity, it has a location, generically called Whereabouts. This could be a reference to: a User entity (the employee who will use and be responsible for the eqipment for the next ...
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Dimension Help - Deciding Fact or Dimension

We have the following Dim and Facts: Customer Dim: SCD Type 2, Info about the customer ie first purchase date, name, address, etc Product Dim: SCD Type 2, about our products Customer Snapshot ...
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Definition for “logical difference”?

I'm currently reading "SQL and Relational Theory" by C.J. Date. And although I'm quite far in the book, I've got a few basic questions. I want to know what the term "logical difference" means, The ...
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Full text search through many tables in MySQL

We have high traffic NEWS websites, I want to add a feature that every user can search through over all content of site, such as news, polls, comments, galleries,etc . Each of contents type has its ...
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How to store and query products the price of which depends on a complex set of conditions?

I haven't decided on a database. I have expirience with MySQl and I'm intrigued by MongoDB. Let the products be packages of cable tv providers: { name: "Virgin TV", price: 20 }, { name: ...
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Hierarchical structure with limited number of records per user

I am planning schema for an affiliate network. For all hierarchical queries I am using Postgres tablefunc extension but here is another problem. Any user can refer only 3 other users at max. So for ...
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Bitmask Flags with Lookup Tables Clarification

I've received a dataset from an outside source which contains several bitmask fields as varchars. They come in length as low as 3 and as long as 21 values long. I need to be able to run SELECT queries ...
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What is a good way to determine the performance I should expect from a PostgreSQL server?

Trying to figure out how I should expect my database to perform. Basically, I need to determine when the server I have set up is reaching its performance limits - which would help me plan server ...
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Database Design for updatable sequential records

I am working on creating a data model for storing data related to production tracking. I work for an engineering firm that models and analyzes data for our clients. There are several steps in the ...
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How to do a bulk load of a database when application are relying on it?

In a daily routine, I need to drop and do a bulk load of a database. The problem is that I have a WebApp relying on that database. So I can't drop the database just like this. What would be a good ...
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Introducing an 'age' category in a patients database

I want to do the following in my DB related to patients: when patient inserts his birthday it shows his age category as: infants, children, adult, elderly... etc. to help me classify my patients how ...
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How to design index for faster deletes

I want to speed up following piece of code delete from ssn_sdo where (art_id=@art_id and skl_id=@skl_id and @level=0 ) or (art_id=@art_id and skl_id=@skl_id and @level=1 and ...
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Is there a name for this “restricted one to many” relationship? Can it be enforced in the DB?

In an application I'm working on, we have a kind of "restricted one-to-many" relationship. I'm wondering if this has a name, and whether it's possible to enforce at the database level. A standard ...
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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 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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PostgreSQL versus MySQL for EAV structures storage

Is there any practical difference or what are the advantages of using Postgres 9.x versus MySQL 5.x for storing EAV (Entity-Attribute-Value) structures, especially in terms of read performance?
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What is a common way to save 'debit' and 'credit' information?

I'm working on an accounting system, and for each transaction I need to save if this is either debit or credit. I can think of two ways (MySQL database): METHOD 1 Amount (decimal) Type (enum, ...
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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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What's difference between standard view and indexed view in SQL Server [closed]

I learn that the indexed view holds the data from base tables while standard view does not holds data.Is it means that the indexed view need memory and standard view don't? Indexed view needs to be ...
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Database design for a time tracking application

I'm designing the database schema for a time tracking application and I need a little piece of advice. The application must permit the user to enter for each day of the week the amount of time he ...
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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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Are there any free online collaboration database schema tools? [closed]

I am interested in a free and simple MySQL tool which can offer online collaboration functionality in creating database general schema. Do you know any?
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Table contains multiple names for same company

I have a table of monetary transactions that has a field for who the money was paid to or received from. Transactions are recorded using info from paper invoices, paper reciepts, internet reciepts, ...
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Database Hardware and Software to handle million requests per second?

I'm curious about the necessary hardware and software requirements to support a strong MMORPG. For example, what kind of requirement (both hardware and software) would I need if I were to build a ...
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Many to Many and Weak Entities

I have an entity that cannot exist without being defined by another, and I want this entity to participate in a many-to-many relationship. Example: An artist has an album (the album cannot exist ...
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Are there any tools to go from ERD to DB design and vice versa? [closed]

I'm learning DB design and looking for some tools, preferably open source software, that could help go from an ERD to a DATABASE and vice versa. For the record, the database i'm using is MySQL.
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Database structure, relational or data warehouse?

Good morning, Im having some issues with how my database should be laid out and would appreciate some guidance. I have several tables (rainfall data), each containing the following columns: Date ...
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How can you have two auto-incremental columns in one table?

I have a MySQL table that contains information on invoices of a company. However, this company has two branches, and each of them has a unique invoicing sequence; a "Serie A" and "Serie B", so to ...
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how do I model this in database?

I am using mysql as my backend database. Here is the use case; A HolidayPackage is configured with some default offerings. These default offerings can be up/downgraded based on the options provided. ...
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Scalable table structure for periodically updated stats that get aggregated over time

I receive statistical data every 30 seconds that I want to store in my database so that I can analyze later. For example, every 30 seconds I could receive the number of oranges sold at a store in the ...
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How can I design a table for quick versioning of textual data?

Version i am talking about here is not of version control systems. Like in SO i got some textual data(compare them to questions) that could be versioned(in the sense edited, saved, rollback). Content ...
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LDF and MDF file sizes for a dynamically created Database

I am creating a dynamic database from C# code, and would like the database to have a fixed size (for example 5 GB). While creating the DB through code, I need to specify MDF and LDF max file sizes. ...
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For alignment optimized table is bigger than original table - why?

In another question I learned that I should optimize the layout from one of my tables to save space and have better performance. I did this, but ended up with a larger table than before and ...
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Best way to index a table with two datetime columns that are equally queried

Sql Server 2008 R2. I have a table with ~70m records, about 10 inserts per second. It's currently clustered on a CreatedAt datetime column, which always increases. 50% of queries involve this ...
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What Is The Point of a Primary Key?

Why do I need to have a primary key on my database for it to function correctly? In every tutorial I read, you need to make the id key the primary key. What does the primary key do differently than ...
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Relational Design - Multiple tables into one foreign key column?

Take a table that tracks meat purchases. It has a "meat_id" foreign key column to indicate what type of meat the purchase was. But, the different types of meat are unique in some way (such as USDA ...
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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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Embedding vs foreign table in one-to-one relations?

I'm currently taking a university course about databases. Consider the following modeling scenario where a car exists only in the context of its owning student: Student (0,1) <---> (1,1) Car ...
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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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free database modelling software [closed]

What is available in the realms of database modelling software that is free. I am developing an SQLExpress database. CA ERWin - community version although is free, I can't see an option to allow ...
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Denormalized table designs in normalized database?

There was a discussion between the developers and DBA's last week on set of tables that the developers were creating with more than 400 columns in our OLTP environment with combinations of VARCHARs, ...
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Group_by and having vs Joins when table is self joined 5-6 times

Now the situation due to which this question came to me. Schema is Table User_Read_Book user_id | book_id Now I want to get users who have read certain books. Say give me users who ...
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Best design for adding a folder/file relationship

I was given a database that has Projects and Media_files. They were in a simple 1 to many relationship. I now need to add Folders to Projects. Media_files can be placed in Folders, and Folders ...
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Many:Many with Shared Relation

I'm modelling data with multiplicity like this: Each Composition/Anthology related pair must share a Composer. Also, each Anthology must contain at least one Composition. How would you recommend I ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of storing binary data in a SQL table vs a network drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Files - in the database or not? I've been reading "Programming Entity Framework Code First" ...
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Correct way to design a shopping cart websites database

I am in a web applications course. My instructor really didn't like the layout of my database, saying it was incorrect in pretty much every way. Fast forward 2 months when I'm remaking the website in ...
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Separate archive tables or soft delete for inventory database

I'm building an inventory database that tracks computer equipment and other hardware devices. At some point in any device's life it is retired and gets archived. After it becomes archived it needs to ...
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Web Database - How to store user information

I'm starting to design a database to use in a web solution and would like to understand if there is any benefit to storing passwords (and the rest of the user information for that matter) in a ...
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EAV structure explained in Layman's terms

I've read several articles online that explain how EAV structures work, but there are different interpretations of them. Some articles mention that it's a representation of a data model metadata (or ...
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Help with good RDBMS transactional schema design that mimicks a sports league

I need to design a data model for a typical RDBMS that will mimic the structure of your typical sports league. Architecturally my requirements are: Well normalized Transactional Application ...