A Final Thought

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Through years of teaching database design and instructing people in how to use various RDBMS software programs, I've observed an interesting phenomenon: People who are familiar with the fundamental principles of proper database design have a better comprehension of their RDBMS and the tools it provides than those who know little at all about database design. I believe this is due to the fact that the people who know database design are able to understand why the RDBMS provides certain tools and how they can (and should) use them. For this reasonas well as the many others presented in this bookit is to your distinct advantage to learn and understand good database-design techniques. This book does not map the only road, but it is, I believe, the straightest, surest, and most easily traveled.


Part II: The Design Process