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Serialized values or separate table, which is more efficient?

I have a Rails model email_condition_string with a word column in it. Now I have another model called request_creation_email_config with the following columns admin_filter_group:references ...
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Can I use access used by Visual Basic for building a database [closed]

I am the only programmer where I work (summer job) and I am a student with only a few years of programming experience. So I was asked to build a database and I am very excited about this project ...
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Large invoice database structure and rendering

Our client has a MS SQL database that has 1 million customer invoice records in it. Using the database, our client wants its customers to be able to log into a frontend web site and then be able to ...
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Keep user and user profile in different tables?

I have seen in a couple of projects that developers prefer to keep essential user info in one table (email/login, password hash, screen name) and rest of the non essential user profile in another ...
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How to represent a tree structure in NoSQL

I'm new to NoSQL and have been playing around with a personal project on the MEAN stack (Mongo ExpressJs AngularJs NodeJs). I'm building a document editor of sorts that manages nodes of data. Each ...
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Ticket/Raffle DB schema

I'm working on a project that, when all boiled down, is essentially a raffle. The twist is that due to the way we've set the ticket value, a user may be casting 10,000+ tickets. Essentially, a user ...
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Store history in SQL database column

We have a database that stores the process/history of particular machines. What I mean by that is that we have "started", "updating", "shutdown", and so on for all the computers in the company. The ...
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How does I/O work for large graph databases?

I should preface this by saying that I'm mostly a front end web developer, trained as a musician, but over the past few years I've been getting more and more into computer science. So one idea I have ...
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Can I create a query which allows me to do this?

I have a table which stores user information, one column stores their ID. I had implemented four different attributes in the same table which stored a bit indicating which file operations that user ...
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Should all foreign table references use foreign key constraints

Closely related to: Foreign key restrictions -> yes or no? I asked a question on SO and it led me to ask this here. If I'm faced with a choice of having a circular reference or just not enforcing ...
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Eventual consistency in Banking systems

I keep hearing people say Banking systems like ATM use Eventual consistency model for data synchronization, but I am wondering if it is true. Definitely the amount you withdraw might be delayed ...
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object model and data model

I have heard/read mixed things on whether to start with an object model or a data model. And more people say to starting with an object model as it will ease your data modelling. My question is, ...
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DATABASE design for storing specifications? [closed]

I am creating , a site like gsmarena , can any one help me with database design to store mobile specifications like here "http://www.gsmarena.com/asus_padfone_infinity_lite-6120.php" as user can add ...
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what are the things to take in consideration when designing a database that likely will be distributed after some time? [closed]

We are small start-up now, we don't have a DBA. if our project succeed, it will have a lot of data that will likely need to be distributed over several machines. So we want to make that step easier, ...
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Multi-Branch Retail System,how to control items quantity for various branches? [closed]

Currently I am developing Multi-Branch Retail software. All branches have the same set of items. However, each one has its own stock quantity. My question is, what is the best practice to apply in ...
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Inventory Management System Design Problem “Items Packages”

I am developing a retail management system with inventory management module, I am facing a logic design problem and I don't really know how to address the problem in an easy way, so I wrote an example ...
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Designing tables for recording rounds in a game

I'm working on website for the game of bridge and I am process to designing the table to store the bidding. Shortly about the bidding. 4 people at a table will bid clockwise until 3 players has ...
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How to handle unexpected schema changes to production database

Is it a common or normal practice to encounter schema changes, especially renamed or removed columns, in a production database, without having been notified of the change? If unexpected schema ...
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Maintaining indices for location in a sorted list in database rows

I have a fairly simple data structure like this: create table project (id int auto increment primary key, name text); create table item (id int auto increment primary key, name text, project_id ...
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Redmine - Database Structure/Normalization

I am using redmine for project management and issue tracking. I was looking at the database tables and the underlying structure and was wondering if anyone who is experienced with database ...
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Place measurement data in database (access)

In a software I use records of measurement data. Each record contains basic information like a name, some parameters and the actual measurement data in the form of three arrays of double values that ...
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Database Schema Data Independence [closed]

I'm currently reading about database schemas about how the three-level ANSI-SPARC architecture works and i'm a bit confused about a concept it's talking about. My question is what would happen if an ...
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How to choose data storage method for user generated data?

In a program I am writing, I have 3 different ways to store user generated data: (a) XML Files for each object (.Net Serialization) (b) SQL Database (MSSQL) (c) Massive terrifying blob of data in 1 ...
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Dividing database between MySQL and NoSQL

Mine is a typical website developed with LAMP stack. Due to scalability issues we are planning to incorporate NoSQL for the application. For the implementation, we are planning to implement hybrid ...
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Should We Use Surrogate Primary Keys for Every Table? [duplicate]

We are developing a data model for a marketing database that will import transaction, customer, inventory, etc. files and the directive is ONE process that works for every client. We have been told ...
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What is a good way to store geographical data for distance calculations

What would be the best way to store data in a database for geographical calculations? Say I have an ItemsForSale table paired to a Users table which holds their geo location. I know I can use latitude ...
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Database design: circular reference but dynamically created

I am trying to design database for this case: Assignments have vectors, relation is 1:N Assignments have submissions, relation is 1:N Submissions have executions, relation is 1:N Every execution ...
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Examples of designing a database that handles point tracking?

I'm attempting to expand my knowledge of how database designs and concepts work. I'm working on a hobby web/mobile app for practice that will challenge me. However, I am running into an issue. What ...
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What are the use cases for these relationship types?

Use Case What are the use cases for creating a one-to-one relationship where the parent points to the child compared to a child pointing to the parent? If there is no difference, is one preferred ...
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Database Design for Web based RSS Feed Agreegator

I am working on an open source application which can allow users to add RSS feeds. All users of the site can read the content of those RSS feeds. It's not just for user's own feeds. Using PHP and ...
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Is it right to persist a computed property to the DB?

I would like to know what do you think about persisting an "autocomputed property" to the database. For example I have these properties decimal Price {get;set;} decimal Tax {get;set;} decimal ...
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Design: Mixed XML / Relational or Pure Relational?

Is it acceptable to model a very complex object graph using XML in the database, but leave the rest of a system in relational tables? I'd like to gauge opinion on this as I've hit a bit of a ...
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Is it bad practice to allow user defined fields?

Generally speaking, is it considered bad practice to allow for user created fields in a database for a webapp? For example, I am making a home inventory webapp for my wife, and she is going to want ...
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Should I really need to implement event sourcing is this case?

An example of use case when event sourcing is applicable here whose excerpt is: Say, something went wrong in your app and as a result, a user gets blocked for abuse but that user claims to not ...
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in multi-tenant systems what is the correct practice for segregating each tenants data from each other?

I am a first-time azure developer and I am taking over a single-tenant cloud system and have been tasked with converting the system to multi-tenant. What is the correct practice to separate each ...
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Whats a good structure to save and retrieve locations of images?

I got a java-ee application, where I collect informations about movies. Im my backend I provide data like the name, description, genre and a random uuid. I also got lots of related files, which are ...
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Using a single table for identity and metadata

I'm in the early design phase of a project to provide an e-commerce platform that will require several entities to be modelled, products, customers, orders, CMS pages, etc. They will all have a few ...
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Is it substandard if I have multiple tables in my database yet there's no relationship at all? [closed]

I have multiple tables in my database. Some tables have relationship to others and some don't have. My friend told me that it is not advisable to have a table that is not related to others. Is it ...
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Avoiding pitfalls of a naturally recursive relationship between tables

I'm developing a system to manage "cases". There will eventually be many different "kinds" of cases, so I've started with a "CaseTemplate" table that can be used to define what a case looks like and, ...
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Ruby on Rails database using static lookup tables or constant strings

In some ruby on rails projects, I have seen instances where strings are used instead of a foreign key reference to a lookup table. I usually code in C#/SQL Server and use lookup tables, but am not ...
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How to represent one special related record

I have two tables, project and photo. photo has ID,projectID,path : each project has multiple photos. Now one of these photos is the one that has to be displayed. The question is how to represent ...
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Implementing bussiness logic with a large number of business rules and processes

We are currently working on a project that heavily relies on a database. Among many tables the main focus is on table "data" which is linked to another table "data_type" as many-to-one, which is then ...
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What's the best way to hold features in a database?

taking for example an application that holds Companies and as we move along time, more and more features are needed. I do tend to hold everything in the Companies table, but I rather get some input ...
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Store the result of a complex but frequent database query, in another temp persisting table

I have a slightly complex SELECT query which uses a number of JOINs and variables inside it and the query is run frequently throughout the application. The result varies when one column is updated. ...
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should I store common data between two tables in a third separate table in my database?

If I have 2 tables in my database, let's say for instance 'buyers' and 'sellers' but I collect a common set of data for both for instance telephone number, email address, address etc. Is it better ...
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Is it better to use a switch statement or database to look through 5,000 to 10,000 instances?

I have some JSON data in this format (5,000 instances for now): {"id":"123456","icon":"icon.png","caseName":"name of case"} I am allowing the user to search for the name of the case and then return ...
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Data Model for selling groups of products as one product

Say I have an e-commerce with a data model like the following, which allows a Sale to describe how a single Product is sold. This division allows a product to be sold multiple times in different ways ...
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How to store currency ranges in a Postgres table?

I am using Postgres 9.3. I have to store range data like <$250K, $250K-$4M, etc which we will display in a dropdown. now I am making a table for all possible options that can be configured from ...
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single table w/ extra columns vs multiple tables which duplicate schema

I am working on a project where at some point, I needed to make a decision on whether or not, in the database, I should have a single table with multiple columns that not every record uses, or ...
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Designing a fitness / weight lifiting routine database

I'd like to create an app similar to Barbell Pro for Android, for practice / interest / educational purposes really. Or even as another example for database purposes, Fitocracy The problem is, I ...