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Chapter 2. Database Design > Getting Started

Getting Started

Let's say you're one of those people whose favorite TV channels are TV Land and Nick at Nite. You comb the Internet for histories of shows such as Gunsmoke and The Twilight Zone, you read biographies of TV actors such as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and you're curious about when programs such as Bewitched and Happy Days aired. You decide you want to store all this data somehow so you can retrieve and manipulate it quickly and efficiently.

Mission Statements

Your first step is to prepare a mission statement, which describes the purpose of the database. You could well be wary of mission statements. In the business world, they are often forgotten and ignored in the tumult of running a day-to-day business or meeting a quarterly earnings target. That's true even when the statements are carefully and thoughtfully prepared.


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