On Normalization

I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.


People often wonder why I didn’t cover normalization in the previous editions of this book, given that it has been part of traditional database design for such a long time. The fact is that it’s unnecessary for me to discuss it for two reasons:

  1. A thorough discussion that would do justice to the subject is beyond the scope of this work, especially given the nontraditional design methodology I present here and the “for mere mortals” nature of the approach to the material.

  2. Normalization is actually incorporated into my design process anyway. (I’ll explain ...

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