Re: So what's null then if it's not nothing?

From: Hugo Kornelis <hugo_at_pe_NO_rFact.in_SPAM_fo>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 21:52:55 +0100
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On Wed, 23 Nov 2005 09:20:32 +0100, Jon Heggland wrote:

>In article <>,
>hugo_at_pe_NO_rFact.in_SPAM_fo says...
>> >2- You create a parent/root entity/table and make a subtype for each
>> >optional field
>> And that would lead to an exponential explosion of tables. With one
>> optional attribute, you get two subtypes. Two optional attributes means
>> four subtypes. With 10 optional attributes, you'd need no less than
>> 1,024 tables.
>You mean you would create a table for each *combination* of attributes?
>What on earth for?

Hi Jon,

I wouldn't. It's a suggestion that has been made in this thread as a way to model the data without the need for NULLs. I merely pointed out the weak spot in this method.

Best, Hugo


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