Re: Field naming: Same name represents different data

From: Paul Vernon <paul.vernon_at_ukk.ibmm.comm>
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 22:11:21 -0000
Message-ID: <b3fdpu$159g$>

"Bob Badour" <> wrote in message news:XDt6a.299$
> Why would it be bad practice to use the user's preferred terminology?

Because users preferred terminology is usually ad-hoc, ill conceived and generally preferred by only one or a handful of users and not the user community as a whole. ;-)

But on the point itself. The FD

    Attribute Name -> Domain Name

is a nice reducer of redundancy in a database (and in it's use) . I can't think of a theoretical justification for mandating it however.

Paul Vernon
Business Intelligence, IBM Global Services Received on Mon Feb 24 2003 - 23:11:21 CET

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