>>>>> database. I would also bet that 80% of the people who are actually
>>>>> writing queries with that many joins don't have a solid grasp of the
>>>>> fundamental principles of relational database design.
>>>> Why not? Normalizing gets you -more- tables, not less.
>>> And normalizing is a goal in itself? I've seen plenty of "normalized"
>>> databases which have become a big mess because of the unnecessarily
>>> complex queries you needed to do a relatively simple job.
>> No, it's not a goal in itself, that's not what I said.
> I didn't say that you said that. You stated that "Normalizing gets
> you -more- tables". It wasn't mentioned why you wanted to "normalize" the
> database in the first place. To me your statement looked like it said that
> "normalizing" a database would be a requirement for any database.
Yes, that's a good thing, unless it's an OLAP database. It improves
data consistency and avoids NULLs in storage, which is good.
> This automatically would produce queries with 61+ joins in them.
>>> A lot of the "enterprise level" features can be useful in certain cases,
>> Normalizing data has nothing to do with "enterprise level", it's a matter
>> if keeping your data consistent, being able to create proper constraints
>> at the database, for example.
> Normalizing has nothing to do with "enterprise level", but joining complex
> views has. Don't ask yourself why you've created the views, just use them
> in a join.
> So normalize each database because you may want to create constraints in
> some situations?
Constraints are a good thing.
> This is the behaviour which causes unnecessarily complex databases,
> queries and applications.
Unless you don't value your data very much, I consider normalizing,
database constraints etc a "pro", not a "con".
> If you ask yourself if normalizing a column in a table is useful and if
> you really need the constraint and if the view, stored procedure, function
> or whatever you use is really useful, chances are that the application is
> a lot simpler, faster and easier to maintain.
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