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

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Is a composite index also good for queries on the first field?

Let's say I have a table with fields A and B. I make regular queries on A+B, so I created a composite index on (A,B). Would queries on only A also be fully optimized by the composite index? ...
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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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Why shouldn't we allow NULLs?

I remember reading this one article about database design and I also remember it said you should have field properties of NOT NULL. I don't remember why this was the case though. All I can seem to ...
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Files - in the database or not?

What is the best place for storing binary files that are related to data in your database? Should you: Store in the database with a blob Store on the filesystem with a link in the database Store in ...
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How to have a one-to-many relationship with a privileged child?

I want to have a one-to-many relationship in which for each parent, one or zero of the children is marked as a “favorite.” However, not every parent will have a child. (Think of the parents as ...
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How costly is opening and closing of a DB connection?

How CPU intensive is opening and closing of a DB connection (for a web app) in MySQL ... when the DB software is on localhost? ... when the DB software is on another machine?
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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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Is using multiple foreign keys separated by commas wrong, and if so, why?

There are two tables: Deal and DealCategories. One deal can have many deal categories. So the proper way should be to make a table called DealCategories with the following structure: DealCategoryId (...
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What are the arguments against or for putting application logic in the database layer?

NOTE The audience of programmers.se and dba.se is different, and will have different viewpoints, so in this instance I think it's valid to duplicate What are the arguments against or for putting ...
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Can spatial index help a “range - order by - limit” query

Asking this question, specifically for Postgres, as it has good supoort for R-tree/spatial indexes. We have the following table with a tree structure (Nested Set model) of words and their frequencies:...
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Should every table have a single-field surrogate/artificial primary key?

I understand one benefit of surrogate/artificial keys in general - they do not change and that can be very convenient. This is true whether they are single or multiple field - as long as they are '...
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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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Storing vs calculating aggregate values

Are there any guidelines or rules of thumb to determine when to store aggregate values and when to calculate them on the fly? For example, suppose I have widgets which users can rate (see schema ...
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Ready-to-Use Database models example

Where can I find ready-to-use database models ? I don't need a database with data in it, but only schemas (UML diagrams). Perhaps something like the data models at this link, but much more complex ...
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Modeling a scenario in which each Music Artist is either a Group or a Solo Performer

I have to design an entity-relationship diagram (ERD) for a business context that involves the delineation of music artists, as I will detail bellow. Scenario description An Artist has a Name, and ...
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Advantages and Disadvantages to using ENUM vs Integer types?

Lets say in some random table, you have a column named status. It's real-world values would be either enabled or disabled. Is it better for this column's data type to be an int/bool (1 or zero) or to ...
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How Does Table Partitioning Help?

I am having difficulty to grab the idea of pros and cons of table partitioning. I am about to start work on a project which would have 8 tables and one of them will be the main data table which will ...
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How do I map an IS-A relationship into a database?

Consider the following: entity User { autoincrement uid; string(20) name; int privilegeLevel; } entity DirectLoginUser { inherits User; string(20) username; string(16) ...
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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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Decision criteria on when to use a non-dbo schema vs a new Database

I'm mostly an application developer but find myself having to do all the up-front database work for my current project (btw... its MS SQL Server 2008). As a first decision, I'm trying to figure out ...
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Supertype/Subtype deciding between category: complete disjoint or incomplete overlapping

I'm building an inventory database that stores IT hardware, such as desktop computers, laptops, switches, routers, mobile phones, etc. I'm using supertype/subtype pattern, where all devices are stored ...
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Choosing MyISAM over InnoDB for these project requirements; and long term options

Sorry for the long post, but I had to give as much info as possible to make this very vague question more specific. My project's aim is to let users search a (huge) database of variety of products. ...
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Constrains relationship

I have the following design. Each user has it's own contacts, it's own hosts and assign those to a domain which belongs only to him. I want to insure that the host you assign to the domain belongs ...
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Can MySQL reasonably perform queries on billions of rows?

I am planning on storing scans from a mass spectrometer in a MySQL database and would like to know whether storing and analyzing this amount of data is remotely feasible. I know performance varies ...
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Writing a simple bank schema: How should I keep my balances in sync with their transaction history?

I am writing the schema for a simple bank database. Here are the basic specifications: The database will store transactions against a user and currency. Every user has one balance per currency, so ...
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Handling growing number of Tenants in Multi-tenant Database Architecture

Handling a modest number of customers (tenants) in a common server with separate databases for each tenant's instance of the application is relatively straightforward and is normally the correct way ...
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Survey database design: associate an answer to a user

I'm doing the conceptual model for a survey database. The goal is store the answers given by users (it going to be an Android app). I have three entities: user, question and option. A question will ...
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Is that a good idea to use one database for 50.000+ shops?

I know Shopify use only one database for all shops. But how can they handle their database with such a big data? Is that a good idea to use single database for 50.000+ shops?
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Disable all constraints and table checks while restoring a dump

I've obtained a dump of my PostgreSQL database with: pg_dump -U user-name -d db-name -f dumpfile which I then proceed to restore in another database with: psql X -U postgres -d db-name-b -f ...
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Implementing versioning system with MySQL

I know this has been asked here and here, but I have the same idea with a different possible implementation and I need some help. Initially I had my blogstories table with this structure: | Column ...
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Enforcing constraints “two tables away”

I ran into some trouble modeling an electrical schematic in SQL. The structure I'd like to capture is part ←────────── pin ↑ ↑ part_inst ←───── pin_inst where "inst" is short ...
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How do I prove that the act of removing foreign keys doesn't corrupt existing data?

TL;DR: Prove that in practice, the execution of the alter table table_name drop foreign key constraint_name statement does not corrupt existing data. The important consideration is the execution of ...
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How could DBAs be more 'programmer friendly'?

The answers and comments on the dba.se version and programmers.se version of the question "What are the arguments against or for putting application logic in the database layer?" are very revealing ...
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Designing a platform: one database or multiple databases?

We are building a web platform that incorporates multiple services, each with its own underlying data. These services are being built independently following the principles of Service-Oriented ...
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Needing A Database Design Book

I am designing a database and it has so many relationships among my tables and i need a book that teaches database design very well.I am looking for a book where table relationships simple and complex ...
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One Big Database vs. Several Smaller Ones

We have a situation were we can (A) deploy instances of an applications in one MySQL database using table prefixing or (B) use different MySQL databases for each instance of the application, for e.g., ...
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Does the order of columns in a table's definition matter?

When defining a table, it's helpful to order the columns in logical groups and the groups themselves by purpose. The logical ordering of columns in a table conveys meaning to the developer and is an ...
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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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To EAV or not to EAV?

I am working on an application which records data from different forms. New forms can (and will be) constructed dynamically by an admin. I am wondering what would be the correct way to save this data ...
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Storing created/retired dates for a large amount of different entities

In the db I'm working on now almost every entity has these 4 columns: CreatedDate CreatedBy RetiredDate RetiredBy Usually this is used for logging purposes, and for some of the entities the ...
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Advice on a basic design, first time database design

I am taking a course to become a Java developer. The course involves using databases but we never really design any unfortunately. Most of the time we get pre-made databases and we have to implement ...
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Which is better for long term database scalability: adding columns or having key/value store

For application, which has few (5-10) settings at the moment but will have a lot more (up to 100) in the future which would be better approach: to add new columns to settings table every time new ...
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Schema for multi-account database

I'm building an app which will have accounts for organisations leading to organisation.myapp.com subdomains for their account access. I'm putting together the schema for it and I have a few ...
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What problems will I get creating a database per customer?

I remember from the stackoverflow podcasts that Fog Creek use a database per customer for Fogbugz. I assume that means the Fogbugz On Demand servers have 10s of thousands of databases. We are just ...
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How to dive into an ugly database?

I'm sure many of you are/were dealing with a ugly database. You know, that database that isn't normalized at all, that database where you have to do a large painfully query to get the most trivial ...
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What is an audit table?

What are audit tables? How are they useful? I came across them reading this article.
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Is nested view a good database design?

I have read somewhere long time ago. The book states that we should not allow to having a nested view in SQL Server. I am not sure the reason why we can't do that or I might remember incorrect ...
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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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Oracle Creating ER Diagrams and Data Dictionaries

I am new to Oracle Databases and would like to develop a data dictionary and ER Diagrams for our existing databases. Do you have any tips, scripts, tools for doing so?
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Why are constraints applied in the database rather than the code?

Why are constraint applied in Database? Will it not be more flexible to be in code? I'm reading a beginners book on implementing databases, so this is a beginner's question! Let's say I design a ...