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

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Chapter 26. Cookbook: Recipes for Data Modelers

A shape is useful because it is content neutral, so you can use it on many different data models. To become a data modeler ready to help any users from any culture, you have mastered shapes (among other things).

Unlike a shape, a recipe is not content neutral. Rather, a recipe is a content-specific data-modeling fragment worth studying and reusing. Recipes deserve your attention because they occur frequently.

Recognizing a recipe differs from recognizing a shape. Remember, you recognize a shape through its structure (e.g., the arrangement of entities, chicken feet, and bars). You recognize a recipe by recognizing similarity in both structure and content. For example, if you are modeling airplane ...

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