Why Field Specifications Are Important
Despite what you may have heard, the time it takes to establish field specifications for each field in the database is an investment toward building consistent data and quality information—you are not wasting time whatsoever by performing this process. In fact, you'll waste more time in the end if you only partially perform this process or neglect it entirely. Shirking this duty means you're bound to encounter (and suffer from) inconsistent and erroneous data and inaccurate information.
There are several reasons why field specifications are crucial:
Field specifications help establish and enforce field-level integrity. Implementing these specifications enables you to guarantee that the data in each ...