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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“Replicate” Table structures with sp_addscriptexec

In our customers environment is a massive central server (running SQL Server Enterprise 2008R2) and some distributed PCs (running SQL Server Standard 2008R2). The central server has a replication for ...
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ORM for Image model

I'm uncertain as to how a certain table should establish relationships, and I feel as if the solution I came up with is incorrect. The images table is used to store an absolute path on a server ...
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Heterogeneous ordered list of value

I have the following object model: class A { List<Thing> orderedListOfThings; } interface Thing { } class X implements Thing { int attr; } class Y implements Thing { String ...
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Conceptual model vs Logical model vs Physical model

I'm doing a work about database, and now I need to show three different images, one image with the conceptual model, other with logical model and other with physical model of a database. I'm looking ...
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Lookup tables with long lookup values?

If I have a table with long lookup values, like 50 characters for example, is it better to put those in a descriptive column and come up with shorter names for the actual values, possibly to show in a ...
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Conditionally join table

I'm new to database design and have designed a database that seems fine for the application but looks like it has a major red flag to me. I have a master table which is then joined to another table ...
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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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Parent/Child table design?

Lets say I have a table to hold Tasks and then I have a table to hold Sub Tasks, is it better to break Tasks and Sub Tasks into separate tables or keep them both in the same table with a possible ...
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Store n:m data with most n:1 tuples

I have these tables: create table data ( id int identity not null, ref int not null ); create table reference ( refid int not null ); with ~2 million rows in data and ~200k rows in ...
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Using Timestamp plus Integer as Primary Key

In Sql Server, what would the drawbacks and disadvantages be of using a primary key that is: Two Character Table Identifier + YEAR + MONTH + DAY + HOUR + MINUTE + MILLISECOND + random integer between ...
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Mysql replication with c

I have huge database on MySql and It's become more and more huge. So, Now I am facing performance issues with my database. Some of tables has millions of records in it. like my login detail table ...
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Database analysis

I have database which that store the sold products in Orders Table and another table called Transaction to set the time and the total price for the individual order ,my question is: How to combined ...
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Database design for tracking referral dollars and referred dollars

Dropbox has a great referral incentive program that gives a storage bonus based on whether a person is referred to Dropbox or refers others to Dropbox. What data base design is good for managing ...
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DBMS database management system [on hold]

How are derived attributes stored in tables?
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Auto increment char varying column prefixed with some characters

I have a table in PostgreSQL for hospital patients and I want to make a primary key for it as PAT0000001 (char varying) and to keep that field as auto-increment as well. Is there a way to achieve ...
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Database Design for classifieds site [on hold]

I'm creating a classifieds site where there are many categories and subcategories. 1) Each category has different fields. 2) Each listing has one or more images I need help with the database design. ...
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How to change schema so that account_id reference is unique among 3 tables

Original image: Updated to have more-correct terminology and an 'is_debit' column: I am designing a (PostgreSQL) schema for a lottery website that uses double-entry accounting. 'jackpots', ...
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Modelling constraints on subset aggregates?

This is a cross-post from Stack Overflow. I figured I might get more interesting thoughts here. I am using PostgreSQL but I figure most of the top-end db's must have some similar capabilities, and ...
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Need Advice on Normalizing Database

I have a group of database tables that lack normalization. They all have a similar primary key called 'doc_index', which is either a PK by itself or part a composite PK. As you can see below, there ...
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Multiple product attribute inventory database design

i have a database to build based on inventory for my shop. this is the current data that i have put into tables this is the package: this is the product attribute this is the table to produce ...
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How to handle multiple hierarchies in a data model?

In Sql Server, there is a datatype called HIERARCHYID which helps with hierarchies. In our environment, we have patient data that needs to be classified under multiple hierarchies. Example 1: ...
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How to find usage of each object in other objects from a database?

I am with the task of taking an old SQL Server database and identify all of it's objects and their relationships, because the one who made it did not bother to use any foreign key, he just made all ...
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Dimension or Degenerate Dimension?

I am taking a course on data warehousing. Currently, I am reading through Ralph Kimball's Data Warehouse Toolkit. I understand that a degenerate dimension is a dimension key that is stored in a fact ...
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Is there a name for this database structure?

Noob question, sorry if it's too basic for this exchange. We process a routine data feed from a client who just refactored their database from a form that seems familiar (one row per entity, one ...
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Database revision needed for sports events database

This is not a code review but more of a database schema review. I have a sports events website that I am doing in my spare time. I need assistance with the database design. I am about 80% completed. ...
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Setting up a new database

I'm setting up a new basic database and wanted some on advice on the best approach to do this with. This would be a database in SQL Server 2012 and would be a reservation system for a customer. I have ...
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Is database normalization dead? [closed]

I've been brought up old school - where we learned to design the database schema BEFORE the application's business layer (or using OOAD for everything else). I've been pretty good with designing ...
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Designing a database for a site that stores content from multiple services?

I'm building a site that implements David Allen's Getting Things Done that pulls in your email, Facebook newsfeed, tweets from those you follow on Twitter, and more services are planned. The problem ...
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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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Table design for multi-type data

The information model I am modelling from includes an "any type". For example a customer can have zero or more 'entries' each of which can have a number of values. Each value could be a either date, ...
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Create one-to-many to two fields in different table

I have a database where I am trying to figure out how to join a table that contains an object called ModelType. The calibration table contains two fields (EffModel and BkgModel) that are based on a ...
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Mixed search in multiple columns

I have a table which has a particular column of type JSON, where some user's contact information are stored. I can alter the table and add new columns with cached values to increase search performance ...
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I got a database in CSV file and would like to create a ERD diagram [closed]

I got a database in CSV file and would like to create a ERD diagram, what is the best approach for this? The CSV file comes from a 20 tab Excel spread sheet and hence, so far, I am selecting each tab ...
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Normalization of Time Series Data

I have a table containing various a/b test experiment performance on a daily basis. The table structure looks something like this: date | experiment | user_count | user_attr | sales ...
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What is the strategy of query evaluation in DBMS when Limit is used in query?

I have following tables in database post(post_id , user_id , post_text , parsed_text) ; Comment(comment_id , post_id , user_id , comment_text) ; friend(id , user_id , friend_id ) ; group (id , ...
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Does this medical database look correct?

I'm pretty new to databases and I'm trying to create some schemas. I've been working away at this one for a while, but I can't help feeling that it doesn't look right. Essentially I have the ...
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Inserting data into multiple tables

For my system, students are required to create a user account by completing a registration form (personal, contact and course details; also username and password). I need to collect registration data ...
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multivalued weak key in ER database modeling

I was wondering since i didnt find out any clarification for this. I want to store movies that exist in different formats (dvd, bluray etc) and the price for each format differs from each other as ...
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Database design Problem for the web-app

Hello I am in a problem of designing a web-app database schema. Suppose I have 10 shops and every shop gives deals on every different day Sunday, Monday and so on and for limited time period like ...
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Usage of foreign key when the referenced table data will not change

I have to design a table where user has 10 fields and 6 are dropdown. Some are single selections and some multiple. Dropdown data is supposed to change very rarely. For e.g., the user is presented ...
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When there is a Type 1 and type 2 SCD in a dimension table, how are updates to the type 1 column handled after the type 2 column is updated?

Eg: ID Type1SCD Type2SCD FromDate todate 1000 100 ABC 01-JUL-2014 NULL Now, Type2SCD is updated ID Type1SCD Type2SCD FromDate todate 1000 100 ABC 01-JUL-2014 12-JUL-2014 ...
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pass data from deleted table to another

This is the situation: I have a table, with name TABLE_1 I would like delete TABLE_1 and then create another table with the same name and some of its columns. TABLE_1 has records, but I need to pass ...
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MYSQL Indexes when looking up on alternating sets of columns

I have a table that looks like: CREATE TABLE `connections` ( `connection_id` bigint(20) unsigned NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, `service_id` smallint(5) unsigned DEFAULT NULL, `parent_id` bigint(20) ...
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performance questions in database design

I need to describe a set of studies that are practiced to a patient, every patient have a "Clinical History", that are described in another table called "Clinical History Lines"(hclines) Every visit ...
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How to share Users table between Clients and Customers?

I have a rental system where the system admin can add clients and their users. Each client's user can manage products, categories, orders etc., as well as their own customers. However, while ...
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Add a column contains a photo

I installed PostgreSQL 9.1 under Ubuntu 12.10 And now I have a table called property I want to add a field that can be used to store photo(link to the photo or import a photo into a column?) But I ...
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DBF corrupted database

I'm in great trouble here. I'm using Microsoft Visual FoxPro 9.0 on my Windows 7 machine. I had some DBF files which was created in MS Visual FoxPro. The files were undoubtedly valuable since they ...
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MySQL DB structure with Main category and several nested sub categories

I am looking to create a set of fields on my webpage identical to what eBay uses on their category selection page when you are selling something. For my purposes I am doing motorcycles, power sports, ...
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Database/Storage engine suggestion for a project involving heavy inserts?

I am looking into a project which involves large number of inserts daily.I will have a list of user's (for example a user set of 500k ) , for which I need to monitor daily certain activities ...
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What is the optimal way to get a tabular view from an Entity-Attribute-Model table?

Following up on my previous question, I have created a table for storing measurements of different physical quantities. The schema looks like this: CREATE TABLE sensorreadings ( time TIMESTAMP, ...