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    • What is a Database?

      What is a Database?

      One of the technology terms that most people have become accustomed to hearing either at work or while surfing the Internet is the database. The database used to be an extremely technical term, however with the rise of computer systems and information technology throughout our culture, the database has become a household term. A database

    • OLAP Cube

      OLAP Cube

      When a company or organization wants to combine all of their information and resources into one stockpile for easier analysis and research, they use the OLAP cube to comprehensively link and find the information that they need. OLAP cubes allow you to add fact sheets of information to a specific product or project and then

    • Relational Database

      Relational Database

      A relational database stores data in separate tables instead of placing all data in one large table. It then allows Data Base Administrators (DBAs) to define relationships between these tables. These relationships enable DBAs to combine data from several tables for querying and reporting. This is accomplished through the use of keys, which are database

    • Database Normalization

      Database Normalization

      Database normalization is the process of organizing data into distinct and unique sets. The purposes of normalization are to: Reduce or eliminate storage of duplicate data Organize data into an efficient and logical structure The process of normalization involves determining what data should be stored in each database table. By tradition, the process of normalization

    • Transactional Database

      Transactional Database

      A transactional database is a database management system (DBMS) that has the capability to roll back or undo a database transaction or operation if it is not completed appropriately. Although this was a unique capability several decades ago, today the majority of relational database systems support transactional database operations. What is a Database Transaction? Whenever

    • Multimedia Database

      Multimedia Database

      A multimedia database is a database that hosts one or more primary media file types such as .txt (documents), .jpg (images), .swf (videos), .mp3 (audio), etc. And loosely fall into three main categories: Static media (time-independent, i.e. images and handwriting) Dynamic media (time-dependent, i.e. video and sound bytes) Dimensional media (i.e. 3D games or computer-aided

    • Data Dictionary

      Data Dictionary

      A data dictionary is an integral part of a database. It holds information about the database and the data that it stores, i.e., the meta-data. Any well designed database will surely include a data dictionary as it gives database administrators and other users easy access to the type of data that they should expect to

    • Data Management

      Data Management

      Data Management is a broad field of study, but essentially is the process of managing data as a resource that is valuable to an organization or business. One of the largest organizations that deal with data management, DAMA (Data Management Association), states that data management is the process of developing data architectures, practices, and procedures

    • DSN (Data Source Name)

      DSN (Data Source Name)

      A DSN (Data Source Name) is an identifier that is used to store information relating to a database connection. DSNs can store a database’s name and server location, the directory that is used to store offline content, the database driver, and the user’s ID and password. DSNs can be used for a wide variety of

    • Free Database Software

      Free Database Software

      MySQL The MySQL database server is the world’s most popular open source database server. Over six million installations use the MySQL database server to power high volume websites and other mission critical business systems including industry leaders like NASA, Yahoo, The Associated Press (AP), Suzuki, and Sabre Holdings. MySQL is an attractive alternative to high

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