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Database Design: Know It All by Graham Witt, Graeme Simsion, Markus Schneider, Patrick O'Neil, Elizabeth O'Neil, Bonnie O'Neil, Thomas P. Nadeau, Tony Morgan, Jim Melton, Sam S. Lightstone, W.H. Inmon, Jan L. Harrington, Terry Halpin, Ralf Hartmut Güting, Lowell Fryman, Stephen Buxton, Toby J. Teorey

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Chapter 1. Introduction

Database technology has evolved rapidly in the three decades since the rise and eventual dominance of relational database systems. While many specialized database systems (object-oriented, spatial, multim, etc.) have found substantial user communities in the science and engineering fields, relational systems remain the dominant database technology for business enterprises.

Relational database design has evolved from an art to a science that has been made partially implementable as a set of software design aids. Many of these design aids have appeared as the database component of computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tools, and many of them offer interactive modeling capability using a simplified data modeling approach. ...

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