Questions tagged [best-practices]

Best practices are generally and informally recognized as the methods and processes that have been shown over time to be superior to those achieved by other means.

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Best practices for change management with indexes

Our IT shop is first starting to build a group of DBA's. All of us (myself included) have come over from the application development/architecture world, so the DBA world is still fairly new to us. ...
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Coding an accounting database from scratch? [closed]

My new medical practice is picking up fast and my homemade Libreoffice Calc spreadsheet is quickly becoming cumbersome to track patient visits, accounts receivable, overhead reconciliation, etc. Most ...
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Schema for user drag and drop ordering [duplicate]

I'm trying to work out the schema for a system where users will be able to order items in an (unlimited length) list by drag and drop. Is there any kind of standard way of storing this ordering ...
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Indicators for right balance of the number of DB2 instances per AIX LPAR

I have a question that has been bugging me, but I just don't know how to validate it. We run DB2 LUW on AIX in our shop. Our AIX is currently at 7.1. Our DB2 is at 9.7 FP 4 for most installations and ...
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Inheritance or lot of relationship?

I have to transpose a class Diagram into a Physical Data Model (more precisely MySQL database structure). In my class diagram, I have a lot of entities (A, B, C, D) which inherit from an other entity,...
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Data archival strategy that handles schema changes?

I am working with a legacy application that has about ten years of customer data. A majority of this data is not used in day-to-day operations but there is a business requirement to have the data ...
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No-SQL Database Design for restaurant app

I've been working with SQL databases all my life and I am now trying to get into the NoSQL world. I am a looking for a piece of advice on whats the best practice in order to achieve this. Suppose I ...
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Oracle - WHY do an ORDER BY for INSERTs AS SELECT?

I have an application that was migrated from MSSQL to Oracle 11G. It needs re-design but that's outside the scope of the project. In short, the application gets legacy data, builds a parent table ...
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How do I tactfully bring up database shortcomings? [closed]

A little background: I recently inherited responsibility for support and development of a database application after the original developers left. Looking through the application, the database ...
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Merits of inserting to temp table and renaming versus just adding/removing columns

If I add or drop columns from a SQL Server table I presume I get page splits or gaps. Since the size of the row has changed. When I use RedGate SQL Compare to create conversion scripts its strategy ...
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Does anyone use modules in DB2 LUW?

Our environment is currently DB2 9.7 Fix Pack 4 on AIX. I am in the processing of designing and coding some SQL PL stored procedures responsible for archiving data into an archive schema and then ...
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creating a 24 hours data table - Suggestions/improvements

I am planing to have a table to store the data based on every hour , in short I have a file with 24 hour data and I need to use this to populate a hourly bar/line graph. Below is a sample 24hr data ...
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DB2 9.7 LUW - How do I SET SESSION_USER when I am DBADM,SECADM?

Based on a previous question I have asked, I am attempting to work on a solution as recommended by mustaccio's answer, whereby I have another ID to create my DDL objects. I have been trying to follow ...
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Inheritance discriminator column better int or varchar or enum?

What is the best practice for storing a discriminator column ? Does it make any difference ? Any pros/cons of using one over the other ? I am using MySql with Entity Framework but the question goes ...
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Should I opt for a new database or adding more tables?

this is a question around best practice that I'm currently dealing with. I have a database (SQL Server 2008 R2) with a heap of tables (around 40) with data, now the need has risen to have logging of ...
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Are #tables and #procedures 'not best practice' or 'bad practice'?

I am working on a project and part of it is an interface tool that executes SQL code stored in a xml file to import/export files. In the file, temp procedures and temp tables are used quite heavily (...
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Item availability in row or another table

I'm a database newbie, so please bear with me. Say I'm creating a library database. I have a table containing information about books. Do you put the book availability as a row in this table or would ...
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Memory Allocation in Shared DB & IIS Environment

In my use case, we have production servers that host both IIS & SQL on the same machine, not ideal but no flexibility to change that. Basically a single machine is both a DB and an Application ...
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What's better here - a single column or multicolumn primary key?

Let's assume you have a table groups and a table item. Each item belongs to exactly one group. It is an inherent part of that group. An item cannot exist outside of a group and it cannot be moved to ...
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GO After every T-SQL statement

What is the reasoning behind using the GO statement after every SQL statement? I understand that GO signals the end of batch and/or allows the reputation of statements but what advantage does it have ...
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Best practices in securing Oracle Standard edition one [closed]

I have a database server with Oracle Standard Edition One. I'm interested what are the best practices to secure Oracle? I have Java web application installed in the same server. The Java application ...
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Query optimization ndbcluster + order by

I'm not really all too familiar with the ndbcluster storage engine of MySQL, but I've recently written an application that does some very simple queries. However, a co-worker of mine (who is now on ...
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What's is the best way to get incremental changes from production to incrementally changed development database?

I came to a new dev team where all development is on the same (instance) of an SQL Server (2005) database once in 1-2 days restored from a current full backup of production database replacing a dev ...
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What does a best-practice SQL Server maintenance plan look like? [closed]

I am a student from Fontys University in Eindhoven, and I am currently carrying out a series of interviews to help with the development of a SQL Server tool and I would like to get feedback from the ...
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How to make stored procedures more readable without harming performance

I come from OOP background, and I need to write and maintain huge stored procedures. Naturally, the sprocs become quite unreadable very quickly, no matter how much I try formatting, giving readable ...
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MySQL DB dynamic ranking or “static” separately saved

I have a table where I store the points with the connected categories and game-types of each user. There are different ways to get points. However everytime when the points need to get displayed in a ...
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Uniqueidentifier vs. IDENTITY vs. Material Code --which is the best choice for primary key? [closed]

Which one is the best choice for primary key in SQL Server?There are some example code: Uniqueidentifiers e.g. CREATE TABLE new_employees (employeeId UNIQUEIDENTIFIER DEFAULT NEWID(), ...
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Is it worth it to create an “Id” column?

I have a table which has a column Name, which is of type VARCHAR2(20), unique, cannot be null, and cannot be changed. At first I used it as a Primary Key for this table but I was wondering if it was ...
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Proper use of database functions for business logic

I have a database in postgres with 147 tables; these tables contain data generated by functions that have most of the logic of the system, for example how to build an accounting entry. These ...
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Is it good practice to create new tables for new elements in a database?

I am trying to create a good model for a database that I need for an application. The way that I have tought about realizing it involves creating a new table for each new element that is added, but I ...
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Payment methods conceptual and logical model

I need to create a conceptual and logical (normalized) models of parking house according to the requirements below. It looks to me as a very simple concept that doesn't need all tables to have ...
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MySQL: Alter Table on very active table gives “Waiting for table metadata lock”

At my work, we've recently upgraded to MySQL 5.5 and since then, have been bitten a few times by the new (and intended) behavior of metadata locking. Basically, whenever we run an ALTER TABLE ...
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Why set up static data in views vs. using tables in mysql?

I get an LDAP feed nightly. I get it as a text file and dump/create my LDAPALL table. There are roughly 75K employees times about 50 fields. I have the following too: LDAPIMPORTANT - view that ...
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Is it a good way to use different schemas for storing the data and provide data access?

For a new product we came along with a pattern, where all the data tables are stored in one schema (lets call it storage), while the clients connect to another one (here called api). The api schema ...
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How to avoid timeouts during big DML operations

I have a big insert script I need to run. Its about 55,000 records and 160 columns. The script is already created and I can't create it again. The problem I have is that this runs for about 4 hours ...
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Database design experienced view

I want to make a database that stores countries, their respective states, and cities. I am confused how to normalize these. Can anyone help? My ideas: Table 1 Countries (id pk, name , code) ...
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Stored Procedures Best Practices: Fenced or Unfenced?

I believe I understand the reasons behind fenced and unfenced stored procedures. Fenced run "outside" of the database (in our case DB2) so as to prevent possible corruption of the database engine ...
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DB2 LUW: Should temporary tablespaces share bufferpools with other tablespaces?

We are in the process of tuning a massive application our company has just written. Part of that tuning includes tuning the databases. We run DB2 LUW on AIX. Specifically we are at 9.7 Fix Pack 4 (...
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Need help to design model with multiple rights

For a website, I have multiple elements that need to be moderated by many different users. Until now, I have always used Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) model but I want a more flexible model. I ...
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When importing raw files for internal conversion, should I use a secondary database or just isolate them within the database?

When importing raw files for internal conversion, should I use a secondary database or just isolate them within the database? I've got between 1.25 and 2GB of CSV files to be imported (and already ...
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Is it a good practice to create tables dynamically in a site?

A friend asked me to build a site with a few "static" and "dynamic" tables. In fact he wants to have a few tables which can't be deleted, and some "dynamic" tables which can be created directly from ...
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Is using SUM() twice suboptimal?

I know I have to write SUM twice, if I wish to use it in a HAVING clause (or use a derived table otherwise): SELECT id, sum(hours) AS totalhours FROM mytable GROUP BY id HAVING sum(hours) &...
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Relational database primary key requirements

I am trying to put together an ER Diagram to design a fairly simple asset tag tracking/inventory management system for our servers/switches/UPS/etc. The top-level entity corresponds to the business ...
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Should numeric identifiers like serial numbers be stored as integers?

Many of our databases store numeric tracking codes (like serial numbers) as integers. There is little chance of these codes every getting alphabetic characters, but it still seems like an incorrect ...
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Best practices for connecting DBs that are in different geographical regions

We are about to set up SQL Servers in different countries. We need to link them, but we don't have to have a direct link (as in linked server). In other words, they can be loosely coupled. Is it ...
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What is the safest way to run SSIS on Multiple Named SQL Server Instances?

I have an Active/Active SQL Server 2008 R2 cluster. There are two named instances on each node and no default instance. I need to deploy SSIS packages to the different instances. To do this, I ...
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pros/cons of different ways to store whether a record is one of two options?

I am trying to store whether an address is a Work address or a Home address. There will never be another type of address. I'm wondering what the pros/cons are of the different ways to store this, ...
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Enforce a hard limit on write execution time during Amazon RDS write stalls

I am trying to recover from the situation where Amazon RDS write operations stall (some discussion on why this is here). If I show full processlist, I will see something like this: 318263 myapp1 ...
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maintaining full text index on large table

I'm on SQL Server 2008 and have a table, for reporting purposes, with 500,000 records that will easily reach the millions. The table will employ a full text index for rapid searching on a handful of ...
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What are the hazards of upgrading a SQL Server service pack?

Are there any specific pitfalls/standard considerations when upgrading an instance of MS SQL Server to a higher service pack? Is there anything special that is generally done besides making sure there ...

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