• Subject: Re: Record Length
  • From: "R. Bruce Hoffman, Jr" <rbruceh@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Oct 1999 12:46:00 -0400

-----Original Message-----
From: PaulMmn <PaulMmn@ix.netcom.com>
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
Date: Sunday, October 24, 1999 4:47 AM
Subject: Re: Record Length

>As much as I like a nice, normalized database, there have been times where
>un-normalizing a database is the most effective solution.
>Of course, I can't think of a good example right now.

 Data warehousing or marts or files used for query purposes, such as summary

>However, I do insist that the database MUST be normalized to at least 3rd
>normal form at some point in the development process.
>The discipline of normalizing the data is the important part.  You need to
>split the data into its optimum records before you can un-normalize it.

Agreed. Designing to at least 3rd normal has always been the goal. And,
again, for the purposes of performance, backing off to 2nd is sometimes
(still) recommended by some.

R. Bruce Hoffman, Jr.
 -- IBM Certified AS/400 Professional System Administrator
 -- IBM Certified AS/400 Professional Network Administrator

"The sum of all human knowledge is a fixed constant.
    It's the population that keeps growing!"

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