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PostgreSQL 9 Administration Cookbook - Second Edition by Simon Riggs, Gianni Ciolli, Hannu Krosing, Gabriele Bartolini

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Planning a new database

Planning a new database can be a daunting task. It's easy to get overwhelmed by it, so here, we present some planning ideas. It's also easy to charge headlong at the task as well, thinking that whatever you know is all you'll ever need to consider.

Getting ready

You are ready. Don't wait to be told what to do. If you haven't been told what the requirements are, then write down what you think they are, clearly labeling them as "assumptions" rather than "requirements"—we mustn't confuse the two things.

Iterate until you get some agreement, and then build a prototype.

How to do it…

Write a document that covers the following items:

  • Database design—plan your database design
    • Calculate the initial database sizing
  • Transaction analysis—how ...

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