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Chapter 22. Exploring Relational Databas... > In the Real World—Why Learn Relation...

In the Real World—Why Learn Relational Theory?

Many books about Microsoft Access deal with relational database design theory in the first few chapters. A common approach is to have you create your own database, add a few tables having simple primary-foreign key relationships, then insert some records. The problem with this approach is two-fold:

  • It's difficult enough for database beginners to comprehend Access's modus operandi without compounding the learning curve by performing unfamiliar operations out of context.

  • Typing records identifying sales of various widgets or other uninteresting objects is an exercise in banality; few readers complete examples that involve the terminal boredom induced by long periods of repetitive data entry.


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