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By Clare Churcher

This publication is for somebody who has a well-designed relational database and wishes to extract
some info from it. you have spotted within the past sentence that the database
must be “well designed.” I can’t overemphasize this aspect. in case your database is badly
designed, it is going to now not be ready to shop actual and constant facts, so the knowledge your
queries retrieve will continuously be susceptible to inaccuracies. when you are seeking to layout a database
from scratch, you'll want to learn my first booklet, starting Database layout (Apress, 2007).
The ultimate bankruptcy of this publication outlines a number of universal layout difficulties you're likely
to stumble upon and provides a few suggestion approximately how one can mitigate the effect or correct
the problem.
For this publication, you don't need any theoretical wisdom of relational conception, as I will
explain the proper concerns as they arrive up. the 1st bankruptcy supplies a short evaluate of
relational database thought, however it may also help in case you have had a few event operating with
databases with a number of or extra tables.

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Figure 3-2 shows the first few rows of the Cartesian product. fm Page 42 Monday, March 10, 2008 2:51 PM 42 CHAPTER 3 ■ A FIRST LOOK AT JOIN S Figure 3-1. Two permanent tables in our database From Member table From Type table Figure 3-2. First few rows of the Cartesian product between Member and Type We have the four columns from the Member table and the two columns from the Type table, which gives us six columns total. Each row from the Member table appears in the resulting table alongside each row from the Type table.

Each expression can have one of two values: True (T) or False (F). If we combine them with the Boolean expression AND, then Figure 2-4a shows that the overall statement is True only if both the contributing statements are True (the square in the top left). If we combine them with an OR statement, then the overall statement is False only if both contributing statements are False (bottom right of Figure 2-4b). The table in Figure 2-4c says that if our original statement is True and we put NOT in front, then the result is False (left column), and vice versa.

The Select Operation to Retrieve the Subset of Rows for Seniors SenMemb ← σ MemberType= 'Senior' ( Member ) Figure 1-11 shows the result of this operation. Having retrieved a table with the appropriate rows, we now apply the project operation to get the right columns. Listing 1-8 shows the shorthand for this, where π (pi) denotes the project operation and the columns are specified in the subscript. Listing 1-8. The Project Operation to Retrieve a Subset of Columns Final ← π LastName, FirstName (SenMemb ) You can express the whole algebra expression in one go, as shown in Listing 1-9.

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