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Chapter 2. Exploring Relational Database... > In the Real World—When and Why Learn...

In the Real World—When and Why Learn Relational Theory?

A corollary of the Law of Preservation of Matter is “Everything Has to Be Somewhere.” Most books about Microsoft Access deal with relational database design theory in the first few chapters, and this latest of the eight editions of Special Edition Using Access is no exception. Prior editions categorized this subject as an “Advanced Access Technique” that appeared toward the end of the book.

Understanding relational database design requires familiarity not only with the objects that make up the database, but with the use of these objects. After you're comfortable with table and query basics, have a feeling for form and report design, and gained an introduction to Web-based database applications, you're probably better prepared to delve into the arcana of relational algebra, such as normalization rules. That's why the previous editions didn't include this chapter in the first part of the book.


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