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Under what conditions are polymorphic associations used? What are the alternatives?

As I understand it, polymorphic relationships among tables in a database allow one table to have one foreign key that references many tables. I have found that tags are a common application of this ...
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One table or several tables?

I have several types of writings: articles, projects, reviews, etc. I have a table containing paragraphs (fields id (INT) and partext (TEXT)). Each writing consists of several (ordered) paragraphs. ...
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Inventory database structure when inventory items have varying attributes

I'm building an inventory database to store enterprise hardware information. The devices the database keeps track of range from workstations, laptops, switches, routers, mobile phones, etc. I'm using ...
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Multiple left joins or subquery?

I'm working on joining multiple tables together to extract some data related to user "runs", this includes basics like runID, username etc but also joins to the run times and favourites. I have the ...
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Stock management - needs suggestions

I need to create a database which will have below modules: Items [Food items, stationary] Items Stock Management [stock in out] Customers Items Sale Management Issue: The system will have ...
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What exactly is a database engine?

I have gone through the definition on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Database_engine several times: A database engine (or "storage engine") is the underlying software component that a database ...
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Am I violating any NF rule on my database design?

I am a newbie on creating database... I need to create it for my recruitment web application. My application needs to schedule screenings, exams and interviews of applicants and save result in the ...