Chapter 5. Starting the Process

“Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?” he asked. “Begin at the beginning,” the King said gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

--LEWIS CARROLL ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

Topics Covered in This Chapter

Conducting Interviews

The Case Study: Mike's Bikes

Defining the Mission Statement

Defining the Mission Objectives

Summary

Review Questions

Everything has a beginning, and the database-design process is no different. Interestingly enough, you start the process by defining the end result. It is in the very first step of the database-design process that you identify and declare the purpose of the database. You also define and declare a list of the tasks that ...

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