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Chapter 2. Database Design > Learning About Database Design

Learning About Database Design

You will not become a professional database designer by reading the next three chapters. Instead, you will gain an overall understanding of how relational databases work, which you can call upon when faced with database design issues. The chapters should help you use Access more effectively, enable you to ask the right questions of database professionals, and allow you to design some simple databases on your own.

I take you through the steps of creating a relational database that has data on classic television series such as I Love Lucy and All in the Family. I chose a somewhat frivolous topic for two reasons. Unlike most areas in this book, database design is not a subject that lends itself as much to hands-on, now-you-try-it examples where I can keep you engaged and have you learn by doing. I know that my own My Eyes Glaze Over threshold for the sort of concepts you will soon confront is about four pages. I hope to have a better chance of keeping you going through much essential but often less than scintillating material if the database topic is at least fun.


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