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Re: 3vl 2vl and NULL

From: Gene Wirchenko <genew_at_ucantrade.com.NOTHERE>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 15:55:29 -0800
Message-ID: <icocv19k0qdta8n1a68usfvigd5f31pd84@4ax.com>


On 17 Feb 2006 15:00:39 -0800, "dawn" <dawnwolthuis_at_gmail.com> wrote:

>Gene Wirchenko wrote:
>> On 17 Feb 2006 14:21:47 -0800, "dawn" <dawnwolthuis_at_gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> [snip]
>>
>> >Although Date now defines 1NF differently, I think he has been
>> >consistent in defining "normalization" to be equivalent to 1NF. p149
>>
>> Reading for comprehension would help!
>
>What did I not understand?

     Adjective vs. verb, perhaps?

>> For example, there is this
>> (<http://www.dbdebunk.com/page/page/622124.htm>):
>> Chris Date Responds: Normal forms--Classical normalization theory
>> admits of no level of normalization higher than fifth. Fifth is
>> final, for reasons explained in AN INTRODUCTION TO DATABASE SYSTEMS."
>
>p. 149
>"every tuple contains exactly one value for each of its attributes;
>thus, it certainly follows that every tuple in every relation contains
>exactly one value for each of its attributes. A relation that
>satisfies this property is said to be <strong>normalized</strong>, or
>equivalently to be in <strong>first normal form</strong>, 1NF."
>
>p. 351
>"we can say that relvars (and relations) are always in <strong>first
>normal form</strong> (abbreviated 1NF). In other words, "normalized"
>and "1NF" mean <em>exactly the same thing</em>--though you should be
>aware that the term <em>normalized</em> is often used to mean one of
>the higher levels of normalization (typically <em>third</em> normal
>form, 3NF); this latter usage is sloppy but very common."
>
>I have chosen not to be sloppy in this regard even if it is common.
>--dawn

     Sure you have! A relation in 1NF is normaliz*ed*. Now, what is the process of putting something into a higher level of normaliz*ation*? Normaliz*ation, perhaps?

     Something that has paint on it is painted. Putting even more paint on it is still called painting.

Sincerely,

Gene Wirchenko Received on Fri Feb 17 2006 - 17:55:29 CST

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