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Database Normalization: A Case Of The NULLs [duplicate]

I'm trying to learn about proper database management and am having a hard time with designing a database that doesn't rely on NULLs. If you think I'm crazy for embarking on this, it is because of SQL ...
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Alternatives to NULL for missing data [duplicate]

I am using PostgreSQL and trying to write value constraints. Is it possible to record missing data as distinct from NULL values in a numeric field without using an arbitrary numeric value? For many ...
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Filling not applicable fields with N/A rather than leaving them empty or Null [duplicate]

I have a database of few million records, many of the fields (call them Ec1 to EcN) have either Null or empty string in them. When I looked at them more closely, I found that for many records, several ...
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How to handle null value number DataWarehouse [duplicate]

I have a question. I'm developing a Data Warehouse, I retrieve the data from my reconciled level, this in order to keep updated my Data Warehouse, but i am not sure how to handle some numeric fields ...
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To NULL or not to NULL? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why shouldn't we allow NULLs? I've heard that it's a bad idea to do database design such that nullable fields exist. However, eliminating nullables often cause much more ...
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Better performance to have nullable columns or an extra table? [duplicate]

There are many ways to get rid of nulls in tables, and I have heard of various reasons to get rid of them, but can anyone show me some real numbers as to how your database might perform differently ...
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Storing NULL versus storing '' in a varchar column

I realize this may be marked as duplicate, but I'm specifically asking in relation to SQL Server 2005 I have read conflicting advice on the internet so I'm asking here. Specifically in SQL Server ...
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What is the purpose of SET NULL in Delete/Update Foreign Keys constraints?

I am probably being narrow minded, but if I create a foreign key constraint and a row gets updated or deleted, I lose that connection if the child table's column gets set to NULL. What is the purpose ...
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Questions about handling NULLs and empty strings in nvarchar and numeric fields

I understand that questions similar to these pop up often around here. I have searched before posting these but I didn't find any QA threads that completely answer my questions. In a table, I ...
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Using scope_identity() to get ID “during” insertion of row?

I have a column that has an ident_current constraint on it to populate another column, like so: alter table dbo.Employee add constraint dbo_Employee_D1 default ident_current('dbo.Employee') for ...
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Using sp_BlitzIndex - Diagnosed as “Index Hoarder: Addicted to nulls”

Context: MS SQL Server 2012 In using Kendra Little's awesome tool, sp_BlitzIndex, a number of tables were diagnosed as "Index Hoarder: Addicted to nulls". I'm not looking for a debate over NULLs and ...
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How can I create 3 tables with references On SQL Server

I started using SQL Server recently and I think this is simple to resolve. I need to create one table with a country list, and two tables that will use the country list in a column. Here is the code:...
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Is it better to create another table to possible null values in relational databases?

I'm designing a relational database to use in MySQL. I have the next situation: In one table there are fields that in the most of situations are NULL. The fields would be like: Table name: tabla ...
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Normalization of library book table with multiple authors

I have a database structure with two tables: The first one is called Author, has two columns (AuthID, AuthName) and its Primary Key is (PK_AuthID). The second one is called Book and has three columns ...
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Database Design for Preserving Values and Additional columns

My colleague and I are having some trouble coming up with a database design, and I am doing my best to stay away from EAV for now. We have an entity called Preparation that stores configuration data ...

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