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Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL® and Apache All in One, Fifth Edition by Julie Meloni

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Chapter 15. Understanding the Database Design Process

In this chapter, you learn the following:

Some advantages to good database design

Three types of table relationships

How to normalize your database

How to implement a good database design process

In this chapter, you learn the reasoning behind designing a relational database. After this concept-focused chapter, you jump headlong into learning the basic MySQL commands in preparation for integrating MySQL in your own applications.

The Importance of Good Database Design

A good database design is crucial for a high-performance application, just as an aerodynamic body is important to a race car. If a car does not have smooth lines, it produces drag and goes slower. Without optimized relationships, ...

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