In this chapter, I introduce you to the terms and concepts that I’ll be using throughout the rest of the book. Consider this chapter a reference for the following chapters. I’ll be looking at what a database really is, why you should use a database, and how to design a relational database. Although this chapter is not intended to teach you everything there is to know about designing a relational database, you’ll get the basics. Please note that if you already know about database design, referential integrity, indexes, keys, and so on, this chapter will serve as a refresher. For additional information, you’ll find a good article on database design and a link for database normalization at the following address on the Microsoft Product Services site: http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q234/2/08.ASP.
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