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

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Foreign Key Constraint over two tables

I am trying to put the following entity-model into practice: We have a list of Payments, each Payment belongs to a certain store and is of a certain payment type (e.g. 10€ maintenance cost in Store1,...
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Design of an application log database

We are generating logs like following example(this is a table no actual pipes): 2014-06-10 09:00:03.457 | Channel1 | Operation3 | Function15 | 15ms 2014-06-10 09:00:08.245 | Channel2 | Operation5 | ...
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MySQL data modeling help

I've been struggling with this model for weeks, going in circles from one type of solution to another. I'd like some advice on the best approach. One or more organizations can sponsor an event or ...
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Bicycle Sharing Scheme - ER Diagram

Please compare the directions below to my ER Diagram and tell me if anything is wrong with my ER Diagram Please I think its accurate enough. Oxford City Council is preparing to launch an innovative ...
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Is unique index better than unique constraint when an index with an operator class is required

Postgres docs say: The use of indexes to enforce unique constraints could be considered an implementation detail that should not be accessed directly. One should, however, be aware that there's ...
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Table naming and Database normalization

I'm creating a database of simulation results, and am trying to do so the right way. I've attempted to show relationships between data to make sure nothing redundant is thrown in. My current ...
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Finding missing_index_details in MySQL

MS SQL Server apparently can tell you what indexes would be useful for your query. Is there anything similar in MySQL? This article (scroll to "Find missing indexes") says that in Microsoft SQL ...
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Is it “OK” to have a table that only contain foreign keys?

In "OK", I mean "it doesn't have any bad impact with the overall database design". For example, will it cause insertion problems? or will it be a problem in the future when I add field in the ...
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How to go about modeling the main object of relationship?

I'm using MySQL and MyISAM tables. I have a bunch of objects that I want to group together 1 object belongs to 1 and only 1 group 1 group can have many objects 1 group has 1 required main object ...
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Is it ok to let users add new columns and tables to your database?

I'm basically making a database of databases. An administrative User can go in and hit "Create Database" (which is basically a table) and set up the column types and how many columns. Other users can ...
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Multiple User Types - DB Design Advice

I'm developing a web application that will support user authentication with corresponding roles for each user. Also, my users can be of different types and have different fields associated with them. ...
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designing a database with type and sub type

I am trying to build a publications database, and i want to develop a genre relation that has various (maybe look up tables) sub-genres attached. as an example, in the genre relation there would be a ...
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Implementing Pub/Sub initiated from the database

I have a number of state-full Windows Services that currently poll the database looking for new or changed records in specific Tables and/or Views. For obvious reasons this limits scalability and is ...
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Is this db/table structure sensible?

I'm not very experienced in database design so bear with me. I've taken over a ruby/rails app. with a connected MySQL/innodb database. As I'm updating the server to the latest ruby/rails version I ...
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Efficient workflow/queries to save unique information?

I am saving company information in a database. There is a single table with an auto-incrementing key that is unique to each company. There are separate tables for emails, websites, phone numbers, and ...
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Are there situations where queries are formed geometrically?

The topic came up in this other question. We were discussing sign value on a primary key having any significance. If there are good times to use geometry in building queries the sign value could be ...
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One or several tables for attributes

I just spent some time discussing two alternative DB designs with a coworker and I'm not convinced. Neither of us is strictly DBA so we may be missing something. The overall goal is to create the ...
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What to name a field that includes Store and Version ID

I am building a database that manages the definitions for a POS system (menu items, cashiers etc). It will include many stores and many versions. So, typical table will look like this (MenuItems ...
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Data structure design for supporting arbitrary number of columns in table or database [closed]

I am currently working on a sort-of a meta-modeler to build a free web service so that people can input data and run several models on that data. The task I am currently struggling is: user needs to ...
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Apply Definition of MVD (multivalued dependency) to Example?

Supposedly this multivalued dependency (MVD) and this functional dependency (FD): {W} ↠ {N,D} and {W} → {N} hold in this table: V W N D ================= | v | w | n | 1 | -------------...
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Different kinds of pricing PostgreSQL

I would like to hear your opinion about handling different kinds of pricing. We have a product table which looks almost like this: +----+------+-----------+-----------+ | ID | Name | price_old | ...
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Low cardinality fields: integer or string

A Ticket has the statuses: new in_progress on_hold closed I could make ticket.status a string (on_hold) or an unique int(2). It is indexed. Int pros: smallest size in index Int con: low clarity ...
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Splitting a table based on business logic

This is mostly a design question and I'm looking for any feedback about the merits or flaws of this approach. Typically, I break database design into two categories, Business Logic and Recorded Data. ...
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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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designing server side database to store user-specific data

I have a database with a number of quiz questions and answers. My basic design consists of these two tables questions (question_id, question_string); answers (answer_id, answer_string, ...
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I don't know how to read many to many relationships

I'm reading this tutorial, and I have question about it. Look at this picture: Looking at Physical Many-to-Many Implementation I read the relationship this way: 'A user can be in zero or more ...
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Database schema for entities with two possible owner/parent types?

I'm using PostgreSQL with Sequelize as my ORM. I have one type, User. The second type is Group, which can have any number of users associated with it through a GroupMemberships table. Users can also ...
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Better Indexing for MySQL?

Is it better to index each column individually with it's own key or to index multiple columns under the primary key? I've seen it done both ways in many different applications and I don't see a clear ...
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Load & traffic balance best practices

I am about to design an enterprise solution for a large scale application in which a windows service, MVC, and many other projects will use a database, so I am thinking about load balancing and best ...
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Best type to use in a composite key when one of the values varies in type

I am building a data store for the content of multiple blog sites which have been scraped. Each of these sites is going to have an entry in a Blog table BlogId Url ...
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Relational Model vs. Database Products [closed]

The formal Relational Model (logical level) for databases is not exactly the same thing as you get with MySQL, Oracle or other major products / implementations of ‘relational’ database management ...
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Database model: doubly linked list

I am not sure if I get this right. I'm designing a database model for use in an application, and I'm stuck at a doubly linked list (model first; there is no code yet). There's an order. An order has ...
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Why do we not store names in a separate table?

Practically, I would never store names for customers in a separate table. But why not? It's a one to many relationship (a person can have one name but that name can be used by multiple people). Isn'...
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What is the difference between int(8) and int(5) in mysql? [duplicate]

I found out, that if you have a field defined as INT(8) without ZEROFILL it will behave exactly as INT(5) in both cases the maximum value is −2,147,483,648 to 2,147,483,647, from −(2^31) to 2^31 − 1 ...
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Design concerns for using 3x bit or one char(1) or one integer in table for holding status of item

I need to extend my existing table with status column. I am in doubt how to do that in most appropriate way regarding of future use of that status and performances of existing table. My table is ...
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What do you call numerical coding systems that are left-aligned?

I'm writing an importing mechanism for the NAICS database. I have a few questions about this code-format. I've seen it before and I like it the setup. I'm going to ask some other questions about best-...
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String templating technique

I am working on a fitness app that is going to deliver notifications to the user. I intend using MySQL events to populate the necessary tables, and then using an Ajax timer or Websockets or whatnot to ...
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SqlServer: can one table's PK be the FK of other two table's? [duplicate]

I have three tables project, users and proj_user. The PK of proj_user table is the FK of project and users table's pk e.g.(project_id,user_id) My question is, is it possible for the project_id and ...
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MySQL table with multiple values in one field

I'm building a database for a real estate company. The real estate properties are managed by sales people using a CodeIgniter website. How should I proceed with the database design for this table? ...
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Relational database primary key requirements

I am trying to put together an ER Diagram to design a fairly simple asset tag tracking/inventory management system for our servers/switches/UPS/etc. The top-level entity corresponds to the business ...
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Benefits of using Staging Database while designing Data Warehouse [closed]

I am in process of designing a Data Warehouse Architecture. While exploring various options to Extract data from Production and putting into Data Warehouse, I came across many articles which mainly ...
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Split data across databases/machines

I have two questions about how to partition data across servers. Can I create and connect two or more databases, with the records correctly associated, using only a mapping table stored in a third (...
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EAV table question

What's the best design for taxonomies in EAV tables? taxonomy id autoincrement name unique terms id autoincrement tax_id references taxonomy(id) name text unique value text ...
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Multiple rows v/s multiple columns

My requirement is as follows: An app with internationalization support and starting with EN and FR versions of text. So, I have 2 approaches for data in the table: 1. One column for each language: ...
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Modeling question - Meta and instance

In a relational DB I'd like to model this: every customer_type has one module_set (1:1) a module_set has several modules (1:n) every module is different, and the user can activate them & reorder ...
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Many tables v/s one table with different entities types

My requirement is as follows: App with internationalization and mobile v/s desktop app text support. So, I have came up with below columns in the table which I will certainly need: "CODE" ...
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To normalize or not

I'm scraping data from a website and they have pages for Users and Groups. The pages are pretty similar; id, name, description, created date, number of elements and custom background. They also have a ...
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Database Design Help: MySql/PostgreSQL Single Database/Multiple Databases

We are planning to build a web based custom business analytics tool using PHP and MySQL/PostgreSQL. In our application, we are planning to upload customer’s data using a Excel sheet and these data ...
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Configuration Table

Can someone explain what is the difference between a Configuration table and a Data table in a database? And how to design or implement Configuration table? I'm using MySQL and the requirement is to ...
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SQL Server 2012. Update second table based on input from first table

I have two tables in two databases: Table01 in Database01 and Table02 in Database02. Both tables have a column called UserID. The UserID column is created when the user creates a new account on the ...