Category of database management systems characterised by the ability to join two data sets by matching on common fields, using mathematics-based relational logic.

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What does a round relationship icon mean in MySQL Workbench Visual Data Model

I have created a model in the Visual Data Model of MySQL Workbench, and on one single relationship, this icon shows up: What does it mean? The Relation is 1:1, and this icon shows only on this ...
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Is there any way to tell the number of matches found in a database value matched with LIKE?

Is there any way I can query a SQL-Server-CE database that will return the number of matches found in a cell value using LIKE (or MATCH AGAINST or any other method I'm not aware of, really)? EXAMPLE ...
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Help wrapping my mind around many-to-many relationships

I'm making a database that needs to have the following tables: Article, Video, Image, and Keyword. Keyword contains a fixed list of keywords. (For example when creating an article, you'd have to ...
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NEWB Getting to KNow New Database and Understand Where Relationships Are

I'm teaching myself SQL using MYSQL and a textbook. While working through the textbook I'm using a database I'm kinda familiar with - an exported copy of my CMS driven websites database. My website ...
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related column contents

I've designed a mysql database made of several independent/unrelated tables to use in my office. Different tables hold information about clients (names, addresses etc), visits to the office (dates, ...
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Bit column vs multiple join tables

I asked a question earlier about how I could define a many to many relationship between users and FOSes (fields of study). My original question was how could we know whether the user was the ...
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Multiple junction tables?

I am working on a system where you have users, and you have Fields of Study or 'fos' for short. Each user can have many fos and each fos can have many users. So we are dealing with a many to many ...
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JOIN to read first table and get possible relationship in the second table

Consider a main table as CREATE TABLE groups ( group_id int(11) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, group_title varchar(255), PRIMARY KEY(group_id) ) ENGINE=InnoDB and a second table for relationship as ...
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How would I change this relational model to fit a nosql database?

Because of things beyond my control, I have to switch from a relational database to MongoDB for the advertising platform I'm helping to build. I've got a relational schema sketched out, but I'm unsure ...
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Candidate key = Key = Minimal Superkey?

I got a little confused by all these keys. As I understand A key of a relational schema = The minimal subset of a superkey that is still a key = A candidate key Is this correct or not?
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Index optimization

I'm building a 'tag' system for my blog posts. Currently my tags table has columns tagid - MEDIUMINT NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY and tag VARCHAR(30) NOT NULL UNIQUE. And I have another table ...
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Separating tables vs having one table

At the moment I have a table setup that looks somewhat like this: create table tbl_locationcollections ( id int(11) PRIMARY KEY IDENTITY, --(Primary Key), name varchar(100) not null, ...
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Is it better to use multiple one-to-many relationships, or polymorphic?

I've got the following tables: Clicks table Websites table Ads table Both Ads and Websites have many Clicks (i.e. both models have a one-to-many relation with Clicks). In such cases, is it better ...
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Switching to NoSQL for native JSON use?

I am rather comfortable writing concrete schemas with explicit primary keys, foreign keys, indexes, views and stored procedures. For queuing I use a NoSQL solution called: Redis. Recently I heard a ...
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Use cases for NoSQL databases: Time series

I need to set up a database that will record temporal series data (sensors). A friend of mine has recommended me to use a NoSQL database instead of using Oracle (for instance). There're also some ...
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Delete entry from related tables

I can not use InnoDB engine because of some dependency troubles in LuaSQL and PtokaX. My current query is something like: DELETE e.*, m.* FROM entries e INNER JOIN magnets m ON m.eid = ...
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Foreign Keys with Composite Key

Imagine I have a table with the following dependency: (Name, BoughtFrom, TimeBought) --> Cost Where the three attributes in bold form a composite primary key for the table. Now then, I want to ...
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Should I use a compound or surrogate PK in a many-to-many table?

I have a database: DROP TABLE IF EXISTS `books`; CREATE TABLE `books` ( `isbn` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL, `title` VARCHAR(255) NULL DEFAULT NULL, PRIMARY KEY (`isbn`) ) COMMENT 'Books used at this ...
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Record with variable number of columns?

I am trying to model a cable mapping for devices. Each device has multiple cards, and each of those cards has multiple ports. Since both the number of cards and ports vary, I am confused on how to ...
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Modeling a ticket system based on a set of disparate kinds of tickets?

I'm working on a project that allows for the creation of "support tickets." These are not confined to something that needs fixing, however, so in a way they could more accurately be called "jobs." ...
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What is the real-world purpose of an optional 1:1 relationship?

I know that one-to-one relationships can be used to split data into multiple tables for performance or security and that it is used to create a is-a-relationsship. But aside from that things, what is ...
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Best relational database structure for this data

I'm in the process of creating a database scheme for the following scenario: There are users Users have roles (such as "Developer" or "CEO") Roles have applications (such as "Topdesk") Applications ...
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Database Design Relationship for Patient Visit in MS Access

I am designing a database to store records for research purposes, and I am having trouble picturing how I can create a relational database based on the information I have. There are a total of 6 ...
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Arbitrarily ordering records in a table

A common need when using a database is to access records in order. For example, if I have a blog, I want to be able to reorder my blog posts in arbitrary order. These entries often have lots of ...
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Database Relational Design for Multiple Categories

I am building a database for participants who are grouped into studies. There's a total of 5 different studies - A, B, C, D, and E. The participants may be in more than one studies, and participants ...
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Correct data model for users with clients

I have an application where users are granted access. Part of the system allows users to have their own 'clients'. I have a users table ******************************** users ...
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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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Looking for a scalable relational database [closed]

I'm looking for a database that achieves the following: fully ACID. relational with joins. has transactions. allows the administrator to specify sharding rules (for example: users from Europe should ...
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Relationships in a school database

I am designing database for a school app. Student is the main entity in the database. Student has relation with Parent & Guardian. I am confused as where to store references. As will student ...
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SQL Server 2008 - How would I create a dynamic query for finding relationships and references to the primary key?

Since I'm new and I've never shared, and yet there are a few useful scripts that I need on a daily basis, I thought I should. As a new DBA, some data fix DML operations and simple business logical ...
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Optimised Schema for City-to-City Distance Table

This is my first question, forgive me if this question is simple. I'm stuck here, trying to implement the relations for the data represented below. I want to scale it vertically (new rows), instead of ...
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Relation candidate keys

I have the following relation: R = ABCDE F: AB->DE, AC->B, DE->C, AE->C, C->AB I need to determine this relations candidate keys. Now, if I understood the defintion correctly: ...
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How should I model a worflow of status/activities ? (rules like “if is 3 go to 4, if is 4 go to 5” etc)

I'm trying to model a workflow (status and activities) to create "rules". Let me give you an example. The main "object" let's say are "vehicle requirements", I will have this table: idRequirement, ...
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Can I place the attribute in the Entity, when the foreign key is also already present?

I am using DBdesigner Fork for generating ER diagram. I have the 'Company' as an entity for which can I place the attribute of 'idShares', despite of having the foreign key of Shares Entity in the ...
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Database Design - One table for different types of transactions

Considering a procurement system as an example. Would it make sense to have one single table for the following: Quote, Order, Invoice and Credit Memo? There will be some details that are different. ...
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View for a MANY_MANY_MANY relationship

Let's say I have 3 main tables: category, tag, url category and tag have a MANY_MANY relationship (category_tag). tag and url have a MANY_MANY relationship (url_tag). I would like for a given ...
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Table Design - Identical tables for different statuses

I am developing a transactional System and the below is a simplified scenario of my problem. Users enter JOBS in a system. A User first enters a JOBS with a DRAFT status (and the Job is given a ...
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How to model entities in an entity relationship diagram?

I'm a beginner Database designer and wondering if anyone can help me understand this. Let's say we want to design a system that has, among other entities, an entity called Vehicle, and another one ...
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Applying user-defined fields to arbitrary entities

Currently we have an old (rather crude) system that has user-defined fields, which are mapped against rows in arbitrary tables. This was an after-the-fact modification based on a customer request, and ...
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SQL relationships, one-to-one, many-to-many etc [closed]

I'm trying to understand all relationship types that can be created in SQL. So far I only get the "belongs-to" one - Example: a table with "Blog post" records, which contains an author_id column that ...
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First Normal Form, why is it good and how does it reduce redundancy

I asked a similar question on SO and was advised to ask the type of question here. This is for a course on relational databases. A sample problem asks "how come every table in a relational database ...
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MySQL Workbench, how to refresh EER diagram?

I'm using MySQL Workbench to design my MySQL database and model how entities would look like and how they would relate to each other. Now, sometimes I use Doctrine ORM. When using Doctrine ORM, I ...
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Schema for an RBAC (Role-based Access Control System)

I want to implement an RBAC, Flat based. I've decided to base my system on the NIST standardization model. Although all fine and well, I have an inclusion to that design. Instead of a hierarchy ...
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Friends relations in MySQL

I'm developing a friendship relation in MySQL where friend relation is mutual. If A is friend of B, then B is friend of A. If one of the users end friendship then relation drops. I want to learn which ...
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How do I persist recurring events?

I've been tasked with designing a system to recur events. Events may recur daily, hourly, monthly or yearly. Users should be able to schedule events "every 3rd Wednesday of the month" or "The 1st of ...
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Designing a user authenication (Roles & Rights) module

I am trying to model a User Authentication module for a MS SQL Server database that will be the back end to a Delphi UI Application. Basically, I want to have user accounts where the user belongs to ...
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Which tables to create according to relations

We are planning a new system with a new DB (MS SQL Server). We have the following entities and the following relations: Entities: Clubs, Chains, PaymentTypes, etc... Relations: Clubs-Chains (M-M); ...
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unique constraint on a set

With reference to this SO question, what would be a correct way to implement Unique tag Combination Constraint in SQL Server 2005? To illustrate the problem, I make an example: A tag_bundle consists ...
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How to store several lists and their items

The app I'm working on revolves around projects. Each project can contain several lists, and each list is made up of several items. Each list relates to a single project. Is it better to have one ...
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What is this type of query called, and how can I formulate it?

I have following tables: events(event_id, name, description) groups(group_id, event_id, title, description) event_group(event_id, group_id) users(user_id, name, email) ...