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Database Design for Mere Mortals A Hands-On Guide to Relational Database Design

ISBN-10: 0201694719
ISBN-13: 9780201694710
Edition: 1997
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Publication date: 12/19/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.32" wide x 9.09" long x 0.83" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Relational Database Design
What Is a Relational Database?
Types of Databases
Early Database Models
The Hierarchical Database Model
The Network Database Model
The Relational Database Model: A Brief History
Relational Database Management Systems
Design Objectives
Why Should You Be Concerned with Database Design?
The Importance of Theory
The Advantage of Learning Good Design Methodology
The Importance of Understanding Database Design
Objectives of Good Design
Advantages of Good Design
Database Design Methods
Traditional Design Methods
The Design Method Presented in This Book
Terminology
Why This Terminology Is Important
Value-related Terms
Data
Information
Null
Structure-related Terms
Table
Field
Record
View
Keys
Index
Relationship-related Terms
Relationships
Types of Relationships
Types of Participation
Degree of Participation
Integrity-related Terms
Field Specification
Data Integrity
The Design Process
Conceptual Overview
The Importance of Completing the Design Process
Defining a Mission Statement and Mission Objectives
Analyzing the Current Database
Creating the Data Structures
Determining and Establishing Table Relationships
Determining and Defining Business Rules
Determining and Establishing Views
Reviewing Data Integrity
Starting the Process
Conducting Interviews
The Case Study: Mike's Bikes
Defining the Mission Statement
The Well-written Mission Statement
Composing a Mission Statement
Case Study
Defining the Mission Objectives
Well-written Mission Objectives
Composing Mission Objectives
Case Study
Analyzing the Current Database
Getting to Know the Current Database
Paper-based Databases
Legacy Databases
Conducting the Analysis
Looking at How Data Is Collected
Looking at How Information Is Presented
Conducting Interviews
Conducting User Interviews
Reviewing Data Type and Usage
Reviewing the Samples
Reviewing Information Requirements
Conducting Management Interviews
Reviewing Current Information Requirements
Reviewing Additional Information Requirements
Reviewing Future Information Requirements
Reviewing Overall Information Requirements
Compiling a Complete List of Fields
The Preliminary Field List
The Calculated Field List
Reviewing Both Lists with Users and Management
Case Study
Establishing Table Structures
Defining the Preliminary Table List
Determining Implied Subjects
Using the List of Subjects
Using the Mission Objectives
Defining the Final Table List
Refining the Table Names
Indicating the Table Types
Composing the Table Descriptions
Associating Fields with Each Table
Refining the Fields
Improving the Field Names
Using the Ideal Fi

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