Best example of "good" denormalization is a database used solely for
reporting. (Data Warehouse, if you'll excuse the buzzword.)  Transaction
processing works best with normalization.  Gotta agree that normalizing
the data (even if only on paper) is a good way to clarify the
relationships among the data elements.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: PaulMmn [mailto:PaulMmn@ix.netcom.com]
> Sent: Thursday, October 21, 1999 5:20 PM
> To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> 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.
> 
> 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.
> 
> --Paul E Musselman
> PaulMmn@ix.netcom.com
> 
> 
> 
> >Well, of course, Alan.  If he has to denormalize it to do 
> it, there is no
> >good reason to do it.  Database files should *always* be normalized.
> >
> >Scott didn't mention anything about normalization though.  
> Which is why
> >I asked the question, better for what?
> >
> >Regards,
> >
> >Jim Langston
> >
> >Alan Campin wrote:
> >
> >> Sorry but I disagree strongly.
> >>
> >> Your tables should be normalized. If all the 
> attributes(fields) in the table
> >> is based on the key and nothing but the key, then you know 
> what size your
> >> record is. The data base normalization tells you what goes 
> in each table.
> >
> >[SNIP]
> 
> 
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