Each attribute column in a table needs to get set to accept data of a particular type. Text and numeric values are stored differently, and can include different levels of precision or different numbers of characters. Additional vendor-specific data types
- The next two columns on your table design worksheets,…deal with data types and precision.…Here, we'll determine what type of data…each attribute column needs to be able to store.…Each database management system is going to provide…a slightly different array of options here,…so you'll need do consult your DBMSs documentation…to see the specific options available,…and how to implement them.…But there are several common and standard data types…that all DBMSs will support in one way or another.…The most common type of data that you're likely to store,…is text data.…This is anything that uses alphanumeric characters…or symbols.…
This includes names and departments,…but also fields such as license plates or email addresses.…In most systems, you'll have a choice between…storing small strings of characters or large blocks of text…as two distinct data types.…A specific number of characters in each category…differs from system to system,…but most also provide a variable text type…that allows you to specify…the maximum number of characters allowed.…
Adam Wilbert covers the basics of relational database design, regardless of whether you use Access, FileMaker, Open Office, or SQL Server. Learn how to prevent data anomalies, gather requirements to plan your design, and develop a conceptual data model—translating your ideas into components like tables, relationships, queries, and views. Plus, learn about logical design considerations that can help you construct a database that is easy to maintain.
- What is a database management system (DBMS)?
- Moving through the database development cycle
- Preventing duplicate, inconsistent, and conflicting data entries
- Gathering requirements
- Developing relationships
- Identifying key fields
- Following a naming convention
- Developing the actual database
Skill Level Beginner
1. Relational Database Basics
Relational structures3m 46s
2. Preventing Data Anomalies
3. Gathering Requirements
4. Developing the Conceptual Data Model
5. Normalizing Your Data
6. Logical Design Considerations
7. Developing the Physical Database
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