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Posted - 2000-07-02 : 00:00:00
This article covers the basics of database design including normalization, relationships and cardinality. A great tutorial on database design.

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Posted - 2005-12-05 : 05:13:30
Great article, except there seems to be a bit of confusion surrounding entities..

In via "Database object naming conventions" article, the following was put forward:




Tables represent the instances of an entity. For example, you store all your customer information in a table. Here, 'customer' is an entity and all the rows in the customers table represent the instances of the entity 'customer'. So, why not name your table using the entity it represents, 'Customer'. Since the table is storing 'multiple instances' of customers, make your table name a plural word.

So, name your customer table as 'Customers'.
Name your order storage table as 'Orders'.
Name your error messages table as 'ErrorMessages'.

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