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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Design for storing data only applicable to a small subset of records

So my boss and I are in disagreement how to best design our database for storing miscellaneous data for certain clients. Basically, we have a bunch of tables in some format similar to this (in ...
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How to design a schema to store search keywords

I am doing a database design that stores search keywords of a search form, used to generate the most popular search keyword reports by date, month and year. I have made a simple schema: CREATE TABLE ...
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Can filtered indexes help improve queries that are based on a time entered or should this be avoided?

I'm just learning about the new filtered indexes in MS SQL 2008 and I'm trying to understand where they would hurt and where they would help. I can see that adding a filtered index to an employees ...
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Many-to-many relationship with attributes

I'm working on a project where I need a book database. The problem is as follows: A book can be related to multiple people (authors, editors, traslators, etc.). Then a person may contribute to ...
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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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Database design: Two 1 to many relationships to the same table

I have to model a situation where I have a table Chequing_Account (which contains budget, iban number and other details of the account) which has to be related to two different tables Person and ...
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Will table inheritance in PostgreSql suit this situation?

Let's start off by saying, I'm new to PSQL and coming from a MSSQL background. I'm starting to design a DB in PSQL. So my main aim is to have a Main schema in this DB, which I am going to use to ...
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Enforce data integrity with a recursive table

I have an existing oracle 11g database schema that works with a web application. I am planning an expansion to the application so a web service can do data operations on the database. As part of the ...
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How to properly configure PostgreSQL RAM usage?

Using PostgreSQL, we have several hundred concurrent processes doing regular database access. We have our data spread out through several database servers, each of which houses a connection pool with ...
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Database Design: Linking 'vague' entries to associations?

Experienced developer, inexperienced DBA here. I'm currently working on a project that lets users input the names of freight vehicles for particular packages. Eg: Company: White Star Line Vehicle: ...
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Survey database design: first version. Are there errors?

I have to represent surveys with questions like these ones: Studying those groups of questions I found these rules: A survey has questions' groups. A questions' group has a name and questions ...
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how to enable temporal database capability in mysql.?

How to enable the temporal database compatibility in mysql database? Is there any library or a plug-in to enable the temporal upward compatibility? I want to keep the past records whenever a current ...
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HStore vs. multiple tables with inheritance - do I have a good use case for HStore?

My broader question here has to do with when it is appropriate to use HStore vs. multiple tables vs. one table for storing document-like objects. Now, for my localized example: I’m designing a ...
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Could too many idle connections affect PostgreSQL 9.2 performance?

Some queries on my database server seem to take a long time to respond, and I believe the CPU usage is high. When running ps aux, I see ~250 "idle" connections (which I believe to be too many). I ...
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To Foreign Key or not to Foreign Key… (inet -> cidr)

Below is a very abridged version of a project I am working on. CREATE TABLE cidr_block ( id serial not null unique, block_def cidr primary key, dhcp_server_id int not null references ...
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Partition pruning with multiple date columns

I have a large table in Oracle 11g database that holds historical data from several years, so I would like to partition it by year. The problem is that the table has multiple date columns and they are ...
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Vehicle spare parts inventory datadase model

I am modeling a database to be used for vehicle spare parts inventory management and I am stuck... Some spare parts can be broken down from a kit into component parts. I would like to create a model ...
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Design for file based with many events

I'm not a database guy but I need to design a database to store events for our application. Our client app connects to remote hardware and syncs count data. The count data are csv files split into ...
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How to handle “reference tables” in CouchDB?

What's the best way to handle "reference tables", tables that contain static data, for example a list with various kinds of ingredients for food? Multiple documents, one for each ingredient One ...
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In MongoDB, is having lots of small collections better than having one huge collection?

Huge collections have huge indexes that may not fit into RAM. Is that problem entirely solved with sharding ? If I have lots of small collections with small indexes, what are the options for storing ...
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Database table design question

Firstly, database novice here. I'm trying to create a system for processing Sales Orders into Purchase Orders and then split the Purchase Order into Shipping Containers. The systems needs to be able ...
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Should you ever not assign an unique ID to each row in a table? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should every table have a single-field surrogate/artificial primary key? I can't imagine ever not using a unique ID with every table, which is why I'm asking this ...
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What's better/faster? MySql or FileSystem?

Let's imagine a web site that is a directory of people. For each person there may be a profile photo and a biography. I'll admit my SQL queries could be better but in general what would be faster and ...
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Efficient way of changing VARCHAR to NVARCHAR fields in a large table in SQL Server 2008?

I am aware of when adding new fields to large tables, it is recommended to add them to the end of the fields rather than somewhere in the middle, and wondering if something like this applies when ...
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Any way around unique index 16 column max

According to the CREATE INDEX documentation: Up to 16 columns can be combined into a single composite index key. We've got a table with ~18 columns that need to form a unique combination. This ...
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Is a surrogate key better than a natural key in this case

I copied this code from here: CREATE TABLE records( email TEXT REFERENCES users(email), lat DECIMAL, lon DECIMAL, depth TEXT, upload_date TIMESTAMP, comment TEXT, PRIMARY ...
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How to export an ER diagram from an Oracle DB?

I am developing this application with an Oracle database. I haven't been documenting the data model, but now an auditor wants to have an entity relationship diagram of my database. There are many ...
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Database Design Issues

My question consists of three parts: When can I be sure that my database design is perfect? Is returning to the database design to change some issues (i.e, adding new column, deleting a column, ...
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Create table group sub-folders in Management Studio

When I was exploring the master database in SSMS I noticed that under the Tables folder there is another folder called Systems Tables that houses a bunch of tables. Is it possible for us to create a ...
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DB Optimization with 2 to the power of N - Approach clarification

This is a request for analysis and better performance approaches, one of my colleague has come up with an approach in optimizing the DB and it looks very impressive too. Can someone please let us know ...
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Examples of SQL transaction procedures for sales tracking or a financial database

I am making a database for an accounting/sales type system similar to a car sales database and would like to make some transactions for the following real world actions: salesman creates new product ...
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Looking for example design of using an SQL database as a queue for throttling web service requests of multiple users

I'm designing a system for multiple users to queue their requests to a web service which takes requests such as creating new entries, changing entries, requesting data. Many of the web service calls ...
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Lookup table for a one-to-many relationship

I have a tickets table with an id that I need to associate to a lookup table where the counterpart of that data is another id that is controlled from an outside source. tickets - id - sutff lookup - ...
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Product Attribute List Design Pattern

I am working on updating our website's product database. It’s built in MySQL but this is more of a general database design pattern question. I’m planning on switching to a Supertype/Subtype pattern. ...
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Data type for currency 'type' column, e.g. usd, cat, etc.

I am setting up a MySQL database for accounting software. One of the fields is to save the currency used for each transaction. What field type would you recommend? Details: No more than 10 different ...
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Speed problem with a simple select statement

I'm having a problem with a select statement taking way too long to run. I would like to know if I'm doing something wrong or if it taking this long makes sense. I am using Microsoft SQL 2005 ...
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Data validity and accuracy according to database integrity

What does it mean that data is valid and accurate according to database integrity?
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Fixing table structure to avoid `Error: duplicate key value violates unique constraint`

I have a table which is created this way: -- -- Table: #__content -- CREATE TABLE "jos_content" ( "id" serial NOT NULL, "asset_id" bigint DEFAULT 0 NOT NULL, ... "xreference" varchar(50) ...
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Storing Phone Numbers - Proper design

First off, I'm not a DBA, I'm a software engineer and have been building applications which are database backed for my entire career. One of the things I remember (maybe incorrectly) is that when ...
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Does order matter for composite primary key in Oracle or any database?

I have a Composite Primary key which is combination of Column1, and Column2. What would be the difference if I have Composite key with Column2, and Column1. Does it even really matter which order ...
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Best way to design this mileage table?

I will be populating a Miles Per Gallon (MPG) table. It's coming from an odometer source. It's currently set up as so: id (primary_key) , truck_num , start_date , end_date , ...
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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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Database instance and database

I did some research and finally came to this conclusion: Database instance = processes + memory Database = (physical) log files + control files + data files. Is this understanding correct? ...
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Is it ever a good idea to denormalize for integrity?

I'm using Postgres 9.2 to develop a quiz app, in which I present the user with a series of problems and record their answers. These problems can take a variety of forms - they might be multiple ...
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Index max row size error

Is there a upper bound for an array column? I am getting this error when inserting into the array field - PG::Error: ERROR: index row size 3480 exceeds maximum 2712 for index "ix_data" Here's my ...
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What is a basic model for making a database with users and groups?

I'm trying to find the best way for a basic security system for a website. I know I want users and groups. I thought I'd have: user_table user_id user_name ... group_type group_id group_name ...
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StackExchange clone: where should I add my indexes?

I'm creating an open source stack exchange clone and the following is my schema. What should I add indexes on for it to be optimal? Here is the schema in Rails format (SQL format below as well): ...
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Proper tuning for 30GB InnoDB table on server with 48GB RAM

I have a 30GB 15M rows InnoDB MySQL 5.5.15 table. It is running on a server with many other MyISAM tables (300GB db). The system has 48GB RAM. Besides the default configurations, I've changed the ...
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Do I need a separate Id column for this “mapping” table?

I have a table of Producers and a table of Products, both of which are of the form: Id - int, Primary key Name - nvarchar A Producer can carry multiple Products, so I was going to create a table ...
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Best pratice to store dates group by months-year key par value

I am making one service which needs to hold data grouped and calculated by year-month combination. I know how to calculate data and put it on new table. But I am confused what kind of data type I ...