What is Database Normalization?

The concept of database normalization explained in under 100 words. #Under100

What is Database Normalization?

It sounds complex, but the concept of database normalization can be summed up in three words:

Don't Repeat Yourself

Follow these guidelines and you're 90% of the way there:

  • Use an Autonumber primary key in each table.
  • Store each piece of data only once.
  • Store one piece of data per field.
  • If you can calculate it, don't store it.
  • Lists of finite choices should be in their own tables and referenced by ID.

One final piece of advice: databases are not simply bigger Excel spreadsheets.  Don't treat them as such!

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