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A call to arms: Revisiting database design [r-libre/230]

Badia, Antonio, & Lemire, Daniel (2011). A call to arms: Revisiting database design. SIGMOD Record, 40 (3), 61-69. https://doi.org/10.1145/2070736.2070750

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Item Type: Journal Articles
Refereed: Yes
Status: Published
Abstract: Good database design is crucial to obtain a sound, consistent database, and - in turn - good database design methodologies are the best way to achieve the right design. These methodologies are taught to most Computer Science undergraduates, as part of any Introduction to Database class. They can be considered part of the "canon", and indeed, the overall approach to database design has been unchanged for years. Moreover, none of the major database research assessments identify database design as a strategic research direction. Should we conclude that database design is a solved problem? Our thesis is that database design remains a critical unsolved problem. Hence, it should be the subject of more research. Our starting point is the observation that traditional database design is not used in practice - and if it were used it would result in designs that are not well adapted to current environments. In short, database design has failed to keep up with the times. In this paper, we put forth arguments to support our viewpoint, analyze the root causes of this situation and suggest some avenues of research.
Official URL: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2070750
Depositor: Lemire, Daniel
Owner / Manager: Daniel Lemire
Deposited: 22 Jul 2014 22:01
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2015 00:46

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