Absolute beginner's guide to databases by John Petersen

By John Petersen

Absolute Beginner's consultant to Databases brings the weather of a database jointly utilizing effortless to appreciate language, ideal for the genuine newbie. It not just provides particular fingers on perform, but in addition presents an summary of designing, preserving and utilizing a database. This e-book covers what databases are used for, why databases are vital, why the layout of the database is critical, database normalization, keys to stable database layout, adjustments in sorts of databases, and indexes--what they're, how we use them, and why they're important.

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Here is where the fun really begins and the power of an automated design tool becomes truly apparent. With the entities and their associated primary keys in place, the relationships between the entities can be created. Creating relationships, like entities, is a simple process if you follow these steps: 1. Select the relationship symbol from the Design Symbol toolbox. 2. Drag the relationship symbol to the design surface. After it’s over the design surface, you will see the relationship line. Before dropping the line, be sure the left end of the line touches one of the blue markers on the Customers entity.

For example, with a telephone number, an input mask of (____) - ____ ____ makes entering the various components of a phone number easier. Access provides a wizard to create values for this property. Caption The Caption property specifies the contents of the descriptive label that is used on a form or report in which the field is used. The Caption property also specifies the contents of the column header for a field in the Datalist View. ) Default Value The Default Value property specifies the value that is automatically entered into the field when a new record is created.

A product can be in zero or more order details, and an order detail can have only one product. ■ A supplier can supply zero or more products, and a product can be supplied by only one supplier. ■ Categories can be composed of zero or more products, and a product can be a member of only one category. Note How about a product that can be a member of more than one category? If you are thinking that a many-to-many relationship needs to be crafted with a junction table, you are on the right track!

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