This is a long chapter that takes a look at the complex subject of the development of databases. Some concepts are only briefly explained while others are discussed in more detail. The intention is not to teach the reader how to develop a database – that would take a complete book many times the size of this one, and even then the reader would probably need help and guidance from an experienced practitioner before they could put the ideas into practice.

This chapter is here to help those who have not been involved in the development of databases to put the other material in this book in context; because of the complex nature of the subjects being discussed it may need to be read more than once. The experienced database ...

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