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TACKLING DATA MODELERS' TOUGHEST CHALLENGE

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Recently, I began a Data Modeling “Master Class” by asking participants to nominate the toughest challenges facing them in their professional work. Virtually all the responses were about “soft” or “political” issues: persuading project teams to include a data modeling phase, negotiating territory with database technicians, gaining access to business people, and, of course, staying employed. No mention of normalization, star schemas, time-dependent data, exploiting new DBMS features, choice of language or indeed anything remotely technical

2005-05-20

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Designing Cross Database Queries

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As systems get bigger, servers consolidated, and SQL Server back ends more types of applications, the need for cross database queries for reports, updates, and more will continue to grow. Steve Jones looks at a few ways that you can design your linkages and talks about why he prefers one over the other.

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2007-10-19 (first published: )

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Data Archiving: Problems and Solutions

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SQL Server does an exceptional job at managing your data and making it available for your users and applications. However it doesn't know when you are done with data and there is not archival solution built. Author David Poole likens not having a strategy to leaving certain undesirable clothing items on your floor and provides some common problems and potential solutions based on his experiences.

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2005-02-16

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Enforcing Referential integrity in Microsoft SQL Server 2000

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Referential Ingegrity is a critical part of any well designed RDBMS application, not just a part of Oracle, DB2, or some other platform. SQL Server has tools to make it easy, but a developer has to take the time to ensure that it is setup correctly, and ignorance is no excuse. New author Nick Duckstein brings us a look at basic RI and how you can set this up in your database.

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2005-01-17

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Lookup Table Madness

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Are you mad? Not angry, more like crazy when it comes to designing databases in SQL Server? Don Peterson has met a few people he thinks are just that when it comes to building lookup tables. Does it stem from poor understanding of database design? Or do you disagree? Read Don's case against this particular design practice.

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2006-03-24 (first published: )

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Codd's Rules

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Frank gives us his take on Codd's Rules. If you're new to databases, this is the core theory that resulted in the development of RDBMS. If you're more experienced with databases, maybe now is a good time to return to the rules to see how you're doing!

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2003-12-10

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