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Why should foreign keys be implemented in my relational database? [duplicate]

Earlier today, I sparked a rather unexpected debate with my professional peers on the topic of foreign keys in our company's databases. In a nutshell, a software engineer who is senior to me stated ...
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Can and should relational database contain tables that don't have primary keys? [duplicate]

So this site says: "All tables in a relational database should have a primary key". Here it also says that every table should have a primary key. But if I look here and here they say that tables ...
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Designing a friendships database structure: Should I use a multivalued column?

Say I have a table called User_FriendList, which has the following characteristics: CREATE TABLE User_FriendList ( ID ..., User_ID..., FriendList_IDs..., CONSTRAINT User_Friendlist_PK ...
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Name of ForeignKey Back Relation?

Table detail has a ForeignKey to table master. How to call the back relation? master has ??? to table detail I could not find a canonical word in wikipedia or other resources.
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How to remove unreferenced rows in a “Many to One” relation?

in my db i have the following entities: Cities, Persons, Houses. Each Person MUST live in a City. Each Person CAN live in a House. Each Person can change or leave their Houses. Persons living in the ...
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Adding restaurants in database

I wanna store some vendors (like McDonald ,etc) and it's branches in a table. a vendor may,or may not have branches. I have created two tables: 1- A vendors table which have name,logo, etc. 2-A ...
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How to enforce that one row in a parent table MUST be associated with at least a row in a child table [duplicate]

I have a one to many relationship enforced via FK, classic example order and order_item, whereby a fk on the order_item to the order table enforces that one item belongs to one order, and one order ...
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How to insert values into a junction table?

I add values into my two tables using the code below, but I also have a junction table called book_main_cover and I want to add data into this table to make a connection between book_id and ...
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Relation between tables [closed]

This question may be too easy to ask, but I can't understand how to do it. I am new in SQL. I have two tables. Table I book_id (AI & Primary Key) book_name book_year Table II ...
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Create relationship between two tables with composite primary key

I've created a table [t1] with two fields and a composite primary key, show in below: create table t1( id int, name nchar(10), primary key(id,name) ); I want to create a second table [t2]...
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What's the use of assigning foreign keys on MySQL [duplicate]

Aside from indexing the value of the foreign key, what is/are the advantage of assigning foreign keys to databases? I've seen a lot of databases that does not assign foreign keys, but is relational by ...
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Schema design - Reference slightly different data in different tables

I'm trying to design a schema for a MySQL database and got stuck on the following. My database stores documents which should have relations with blocks of content. create table document ( `id` ...
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Database relationship refresher

All, After several years of programming applications, I'm looking to refresh my understanding of databases. What I knew to begin with was fairly basic, and honestly, it's disappeared over time. I ...
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How to relate to information_schema

Is it possible to create a foreign key that relates to information_schema? For an application implementation, I would like to store extra column information in another table, but I want to ensure ...
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Cannot add foreign key constraint while creating table

My Error Code is 1215 which finds problem with the foreign key constraint. I know all fields are the same data types. I can't see where the problem is. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks! ...
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Spotting foreign key relations in a database that doesn't define all relationships as constraints?

At work I use a rather old MS Access database which defines some relations between tables, but does not outright define all of them. If the database application used an ORM, I would think that this ...
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How to establish a Two-to-One table relationship (PK-FK-CK)?

My question is about DB design and its principles. I am working on a Python application where objects are mapped to database tables. I have Projects and People objects, mapped to their respective ...
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Good idea to include summary of frequently accessed data from another foreign-keyed table?

Sorry for poor title, I'll try to explain it in more detail here. I have an application that often gets a row from table A, then looks up a column from that in a foreign key mapping table (table B), ...
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Need advice on this EER Diagram

This db will work with a CakePhp app and need advice about design. Is it good idea to put orders on center or should I put clients on center? Clients has orders and an order record can only have one ...
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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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Symmetric self-referential many-to-many

I'm trying to model a hierarchy of categories where a category can have multiple parents ( an overlapping tree model as described in this book ) I have the following tables video_categories int ...
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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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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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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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How to normalize Time Sheet data?

I am having a terrible time finding an appropriate way to store this data in a database. The current excel (simple) version looks something like this: http://i.stack.imgur.com/BEZOw.png Staff and ...