A schema of a database system is its structure described in a formal language supported by the database management system (DBMS) and refers to the organization of data to create a blueprint of how a database will be constructed (divided into database tables).

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Are duplicates ever acceptable in a database

A warehouse system I am working on allows inwards consignments [type = 0] and outwards consignments [type = 1]. The user selects multiple products for each consignment and then multiple warehouse ...
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Schema Change/Update script for Database deploy [closed]

I have a need to change the database schema . I'm planning to write Schema change and update scripts for tracking database changes and updating them. I followed Versioning Databases – Change Scripts ...
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Whether or not to create separate tables

I am working on a project, where I need to store the information related to A and B, the A and B both have identical columns.There might be thousands of As and Bs. Should I use "type" column to ...
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is there a recommended way to update many postgres schemes

I have a database in postgres which has 15 schemes, the schemes are identical with the same tables, views and functions. the system uses one scheme at a time, as if they were separate databases. So ...
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How does security context propagate between schemas within a database?

We have a SQL Server 2008 database that contains two schema's. The owners of these schema's have been granted full SELECT permissions to all tables within each others ownership. I have created a ...
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What is a standard or conventional name for a column representing display order? [closed]

For example, a junction table associating a product and its pictures: create table product_picture ( product_id bigint not null references product(id), picture_id bigint not null references ...
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Difference between database vs user vs schema

I'm really confused with the terms database, user and schema. Can anyone explain how they are different from each other (if they are)? If they are same then, what are the similarities between them? ...
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SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Edition - generating database create script

I need to script a database schema out to T-SQL for inclusion source control. The Express version of SSMS doesn't seem to let you script the entire database, just individual tables. Are there any free ...
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How to handle “or” possibilities in MongoDB

I'm new to MongoDB and by no means an expert in DB design in general. This feels like a really basic question that's probably been answered a million times, but I'm having a surprisingly hard time ...
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Is there a DB that will allow the same field name with different cases?

Is there a DB that will allow a user to create a table with two fields, one calls MYFIELD, the other called myfield?
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Why can't the schema owner create a new table?

I have a DB user called STANMAN which owns the STANMAN schema. When I try to create a table as STANMAN, it says STANMAN has insufficient privileges. How could a schema-owner not already have ...
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Open source tools for Oracle schema compares

I'm looking for an open source tool to generate DDL scripts. Many tools call these synchronization scripts. We essentially want to compare schema of different environments (ie: DEV to QA, QA to ...
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Database schema design help needed

I am developing a PHP application expecting millions of records both parent and children. My goal is to design an optimized database design to achieve high speed and performance. This application ...
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SQL Server 2008: How do I change the default schema of the dbo?

When I attempt to change the default schema of the dbo in SQL Server Management Studio, the ALTER fails and states that the dbo account's schema cannot be changed. Are there any tricks that can make ...
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MySQL Performance Gains By Splitting Tables?

I am designing a database schema to be used with MySQL. The database needs to keep track of a users basket items and purchased items. I've thought about two ways I could do this but not sure which ...
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which role-permission database design?

I want to manage roles and permissions. Most of designs on web look like this tables: Users Roles UserRoles Permissions RolePermissions Here, what is permissions? I am thinking for such a design ...
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Tools and methodologies to keep to DBs aligned [closed]

2 DBs having schemas that represent the same semantic objects. The first one is production DB (Non-RDBMS, in-house implemented in-memory DB with shitload of RAM). Other is Postgres. Once in a while ...
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Creating schema for a shop that sells items from multiple tables

I am trying to create a table in mySQl that contains a list of all the items that a shops. For example: shops (shop_ID (PK), shop_name) shops_and_items (shop_ID (PK), item_ID (PK), price) The issue ...
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Database design for conditional detail table

I have an expense management system for monthly expenses. Expenses are of two types: one-time monthly expenses, and daily expenses for each day of month. I have created the following tables: ...
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Allow user to do anything within his own schema but not create or drop the schema itself

I have created a schema in SQL Azure and granted the following permissions to a database role: CREATE ROLE myrole AUTHORIZATION dbo; EXEC sp_addrolemember 'myrole', 'myuser'; CREATE SCHEMA myschema ...
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Workarounds for setting default schema for domain group?

I am currently working on a project for a client, they have asked me to change the database from Oracle to SQL Server. So we migrated the database across to SQL Server 2008, when this was migrated ...
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Column type unknown at creation time

I have a table in a MySQL database that stores survey results. CREATE TABLE survey_responses ( response_id INTEGER UNSIGNED AUTO_INCREMENT, survey_id INTEGER UNSIGNED NOT NULL, question_id ...
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Strategies for summary data in parent record based on detail data?

I have parent-child relationship as shown below. I need to find the first order date for each customer. Obviously, writing a query to do this is fairly straight-forward but it does require reading all ...
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How can a database be normalized when an optional field causes denormalization?

Suppose you have a warehouse full of widgets. Each widget in the warehouse is stored in a specific identifiable location within the warehouse. You might have a schema which looks like this: A ...
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How to store many smallish time-series in a relational DB?

Input Data Multiple Tests Beds generate measurement data of various complexity. In it's most basic form, not considering any meta-data, one measurement on a Test Bed will be a small (1 - a few ...
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When is it worth it to use Triggers and stored procedures/functions? [closed]

As an example, lets say I have a forum application and for every topic that is created, I have a trigger that fires a database function creating a post.(lets assume we have a topics table and a post ...
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Mysql: Schema/Query Performance Approach for aggregated mailbox folders

I am about to code a messaging system where users can write messages to other users. User can create custom inbox folders for sorting the messages they receive, however, every user has 2 main inboxes: ...
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What is the meaning of this anomaly warning message?

I have run an analysis with SchemaSpy. The tool gave me a warning message for two tables. The warning message is: Tables with incrementing column names, potentially indicating denormalization ...
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Many:Many with Shared Relation

I'm modelling data with multiplicity like this: Each Composition/Anthology related pair must share a Composer. Also, each Anthology must contain at least one Composition. How would you recommend I ...
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Postgres - Schema information within Trigger?

Background : (Multi-tenant design;separate schema per customer, all table structures identical;Data-warehouse / non-OLTP system here; Postgres 9.2.x). Reviewing patterns for the following problem: I ...
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Oracle database created whats next? Create Schema or Create Tablespace?

I'm a programmer that's being thrown to the DBA/Sysadmin island all by myself with a volleyball that I named Wilson. I'm trying to survive here. I'm supposed to create a database for an application. ...
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XML Data convert to SQL database,

I have an XML feed that i need to parse daily, i want to store all of the data from the XML feed in a SQL table so then that data can be queried and manipulated by my clients. I can currently parse ...
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PostgreSQL and default Schemas

Whenever I create a brand new database in PostgreSQL Maestro it creates the following list of default schemas: Now from my understanding Schemas are like folders for organization, etc. So the ...
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In regards to GS1 barcode - what size DB field are used?

In regards to GS1 barcode - what size DB field is used or is the entire GS1 typically not stored in database, but rather processed in the application layer and stored in the database as a collection ...
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Is there a tool to check if my database is normalized to the third normal form?

I learned about normalization recently, and understand how important it is when implementing a new schema. How can I check if my database is 2NF or 3NF compliant ? Manual review is a sure option, ...
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Modify legacy table schemas that have no primary key

I've been tasked with updating our database (SQL Server 2008) so that every table in it has a proper primary key defined. Due to various reasons over the years we have somehow built up some legacy ...
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How to represent class table inheritance (current DBMS-specific way please)?

I want to implement class either-or table inheritance (Account, CatAccountDetails, DogAccountDetails) in SQL Server. I found a recommendation for MySQL here (How do I map an IS-A relationship into a ...
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Compare two MySQL dump files

I am trying to compare two MySQL dump files. One was made from a fresh install of a web application and the other is a dump from the same web application that has been upgraded from a previous version ...
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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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Billing Module (Fee) for School Management System

I am working on a School Management software which includes module for billing of students i.e, fee collection from students. The fee is collected on monthly basis (12 times a year) and the total ...
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In Oracle, how can I give one user privileges to alter the schema of another user?

I have an Oracle DB (10.2), and I have a consultant (Dogbert) that I want to do some work on it. In particular they need to alter the table structures of tables in a schema (we'll call it Wally) that ...
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Multiligual database design

I assume that the best approach for many languages (5 and more) is concept based on: CREATE TABLE `language` ( `language_id` char(2) NOT NULL, `collation` varchar(64) NOT NULL, ...
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Granting permissions only on a set list of objects

I have a SQL Server 2005 database with a large number of tables in the dbo schema. I now created a new schema (call it myschema) that only has three table-valued functions and two stored procedures in ...
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Extensible Asset Database Schema

Background I work for a decent sized company in the hardware sector. Currently, we have a number of varying assets that need to be tracked. Until recently, this was done by hand as was an ...
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Best practice for database where the values can't change

Suppose I have a table Inspection with a field for Place (the location where the Inspection occurred). The field is a foreign key to a Place table, where each place has a Name, among other things. The ...
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MS Access ER diagram

I have database scheme for Microsoft Access. I'm interested how I can convert the scheme into an ER diagram? Is there any tool that can do this based on scheme relations?
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Database Design - different objects with shared tagging

My background is more in web programming rather than database administration, so please correct me if I'm using the wrong terminology here. I'm trying to figure out the best way to design the ...
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SQL Server - backup / restore schema only (not a duplicate if that's what you're thinking!)

We have a DB on over 100 servers of which we want to backup / restore the structure of just 1 at a time to a specific UAT database. They're all called the same thing but vary in terms of schema - ...
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Difference between Owned Schemas and Role Membership for Microsoft SQL Server

Are there differences between Owned Schemas and Role Members? From my understanding, the Role Members are compulsory - user need to have at least one of the check box under Role Members checked. ...
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How to design future proof tables?

I am new to database design and have started developing my first schema. Some of my tables (e.g. user_profile) I am struggling to come up with an exhaustive list of fields for the table. A particular ...