Chapter 3. Terminology


"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty        said in rather a scornful tone, "it means           just what I choose it to mean—                neither more nor less."

 --Lewis Carroll, "Through the Looking Glass"

Topics Covered in This Chapter

  • Why This Terminology Is Important

  • Value-related Terms

  • Structure-related Terms

  • Relationship-related Terms

  • Integrity-related Terms

  • Summary

Why This Terminology Is Important

Relational database design has its own unique set of terms just as any other profession, trade, or discipline does. Learning this terminology is important because

  • it is used to express and define the special ideas and concepts of the relational database model. . Much of the terminology is derived from the mathematical branches ...

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