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Database Design for Mere Mortals®: A Hands-on Guide to Relational Database Design, Third Edition by Michael J. Hernandez

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7. Establishing Table Structures

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.

—SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

Topics Covered in This Chapter

Defining the Preliminary Table List

Defining the Final Table List

Associating Fields with Each Table

Refining the Fields

Refining the Table Structures

Case Study

Summary

Review Questions

Organizations use databases to keep track of various subjects that are important to them. For example, a medical clinic keeps track of, among other things, its patients, doctors, and appointments; an equipment rental business must maintain data on its customers, equipment, and rental agreements; and a registrar’s office is concerned (at the very least) with students, teaching staff, and courses. ...

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