[Pdx-pm] (OT) Database design guru

Michael G Schwern schwern at pobox.com
Thu Jan 23 20:45:03 CST 2003

On Thu, Jan 23, 2003 at 04:47:24PM -0800, Curtis Poe wrote:
> I'm going nuts with a problem at work regarding a database normalization problem.  I've been searching high and low for an answer, but not luck so far.  On the off chance that anyone wants a conundrum to chew on:
> http://www.perlmonks.org/index.pl?node_id=108949&user=Ovid

Seperate out the state and country fields into a more abstract "address"
table.  Technically this is denormalized, but its a nice logical
breakdown and handily solves your problem.

CREATE TABLE addresses (
    state	INTEGER		REFERENCES states,
    country     INTEGER		REFERENCES countries

CREATE TABLE customers (
    customer_id serial       NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY,
    first_name  VARCHAR(50)  NOT NULL,
    last_name   VARCHAR(100) NOT NULL,
    address	INTEGER      REFERENCES addresses


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