This section describes the following steps in database design:
Your goal in designing a database is to produce a representation of your environment that is easy to understand and will serve as a basis for expansion. In addition, you want a database design that will help you maintain consistency and integrity in your data. You can do this by producing a design that will reduce redundancy and eliminate anomalies that can occur during the updating of your database.
These steps are part of logical database design. Database design is not a linear process; you will probably have to redo steps as you work out the design.
The physical implementation of the database design is described in Chapter 2. "Designing Your Physical Database" and Chapter 3. "Implementing Your Design".
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