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Re: foreign vs primary key

From: Roberto Padovani <rpadovani_at_dinamica.it>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 08:36:41 GMT
Message-ID: <3bac43e4.3055556@news.interbusiness.it>


On Thu, 20 Sep 2001 09:39:44 +0200, Ewald =?iso-8859-1?Q?B=F6rger?= <h.a.e.borger_at_student.utwente.nl> wrote:

>mikeg wrote:
>> "Dan Star" <danstar_at_engman-taylor.com> wrote in message
>> news:3ba90b40$0$12824$272ea4a1_at_news.execpc.com...
>> > mikeg wrote:
>> > > I have read a number of texts regarding the terms foreign and primary
>> keys
>> > > but I just can't get a feel for their uses.
>> > > any help appreciated,
>> >
>> > Think of Parent-Child. The foreign key is a key in a table that is the
>> > primary key in another table.
><snip>
>>
>> Thanks, I can see that but what is the significance? Why is it necessary to
>> identify the foreign key? How are they used? Aren't primary keys enough?
>
>Normally: yes, up till yesterday I never bothered (mysql doesn't even
>have support for it)... now I'm going to have an application *guess*
>what columns contain foreign keys 'cause the production database (SQL
>Server) I need to transfer doesn't have explicit foreign keys defined
>(even worse: columns don't even have consequent names :(
>
>
>Ewald

if i understood it, you hava tables like these:

table one 	a	integer
		b	integer
		c	integer

table two
		alfa	integer
		beta	integer
		gamma	integer

and you want a program (not yourself) to understand which among a b or c is a foreign key referencing one of the fields in table two ??? i'm afraid itýs a deperate situation.

well, you can have your program compare a great number of elements from table one with elements in table two, so that you can decide which is the couple being fk-pk with highest probability, but you'll never be sure. i'm afraid human are still better than machines at guessing.

let me know how it goes on!

cheers

Roberto Padovani



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