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Mastering Data Modeling: A User-Driven Approach by John Carlis

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Chapter 15. Official Names

Recall from Chapter 13 that every entity, descriptor, and relationship has a name that is guaranteed to be unique throughout the scope of the entire LDS. These unique names are official names. We call them official because they can sometimes become so unwieldy that users naturally employ more casual, unofficial names during their discourse.

Official Names Can Be Awkward

Because official names are so important, you should be willing to cope with some unavoidable awkwardness. The awkwardness is tolerable because official names satisfy an absolutely essential need—the need to distinguish things on the LDS from each other. In fact, the occasional awkwardness is a consequence of the need to ensure that each official ...

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