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Data Modeling Made Simple with ER/Studio Data Architect by Steve Hoberman

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The two techniques used to build the relational logical data model are normalization and abstraction.

When I turned 12, I received a trunk full of baseball cards as a birthday present from my parents. I was delighted, not just because there may have been a Hank Aaron or Pete Rose buried somewhere in that trunk, but because I loved to organize the cards. I categorized each card according to year and team. Organizing the cards in this way gave me a deep understanding of the players and their teams. To this day, I can answer many baseball card trivia questions.

Normalization, in general, is the process of applying a set of rules with the goal of organizing something. I was normalizing the baseball ...

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