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Chapter 2. Organizing Data Efficiently > Gathering Information

Gathering Information

Database design can be enormously gratifying, particularly in its initial creative stages. As a developer, you can be equal parts designer and detective. You get to see information both globally and very specifically, as you speak to individual users and examine broad strategic issues. The decisions you make in structuring data can make an organization more efficient, its staff more comfortable and less frustrated in their work, and in some magical instances, can even lead to tangible business breakthroughs.

Of course, database developers don't always have the luxury of a clean slate. Every living database branches, grows, and can end up in desperate need of pruning—or even uprooting and replacing. Whether you're starting a database from scratch or retrofitting an existing one, the life expectancy of your database will be longer if it begins with careful and logical planning, based on solid research and discovery.


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