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Relational Database Without Relations


Relational Database Without Relations

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Steve Jones
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Didn't get through the white paper, but did look at 3 of their sample apps. All look the same. Not sure there's anything great here.

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Dear oh dear !

I always worry when the phrase "I just want to..." turns up, I really do. Reminds me of "I don't want to learn to drive, I just want to get in a car and go places" !

Perhaps the "whacky schemas" referred to earlier occur because those designing the schemas don't really understand the relational model properly, and instead of viewing a database as a collection of predicates & facts lapse into programmerese and think of a database as a collection of records in files !

It's been said before in the replies above, but a visit to http://www.dbdebunk.com can only help (although it can get a little heated at times...)

- Tony


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And also ...

In response to Andrew C-S, who said that EF Codd's "abstract mathematical concept [of a relation] corresponds closely to the table in modern databases" ... well, sadly, it doesn't. Relations can't have duplicates (for two reasons; relations are sets, and sets can't have duplicates; and relations form assertions of fact, so it's pointless asserting the same fact twice in the absence of "fuzzy" or weighted logics). Also, as originally defined, relations don't allow null.

SQL tables both allow duplicates and allow nulls, so strictly aren't relations (although if you're sensible, you'll always design your tables to prevent duplicates, and avoid using null because of tri-value logic horrors).

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A small note to the author: Relational databases are so called, not because the tables relate to each other, but because the data within any given table is all related. As my source for this tidbit of information, I quote Paul Nielson, author of the "Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Bible."

Andj


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