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Re: delete cascade

From: paul c <toledobythesea_at_oohay.ac>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 13:13:17 GMT
Message-ID: <NJ3Vh.87967$aG1.19201@pd7urf3no>


Bob Badour wrote:
> paul c wrote:
>

>> paul c wrote:
>>
>>> Bob Badour wrote:
>>
>>
>> ...
>>
>>>> No. One states that deleting the invoice automatically deletes any 
>>>> items that exist. The other states that one may not delete an 
>>>> invoice when any items exist.
>>>
>>>
>>> Thanks, that clears up my confusion.  Still, it strikes me as more an 
>>> attitude than a logical interpretation.  If I could, I'd rather 
>>> wonder how to declare a reference from the logical complement of 
>>> invoices to the complement of items!
>>
>>
>> Sorry, I think I put that wrongly.  Maybe the constraint that "one may 
>> not delete an invoice when any items exists would look something like 
>> "(NOT Invoices{Invoice#}) AND Items{Invoice#} = FALSE", ie., a 
>> reference from the complement of invoices to items.

>
>
> To bring this back to where it started, you suggested that all foreign
> key references could cascade deletes. However, consider what would
> happen if one had a reference to a relation describing allowed statuses
> or geopolitical boundaries.
>
> Before one deletes the 'Pending' status, one would want to make sure no
> invoices are pending. Deleting thousands of pending invoices would be a
> mistake.
> ...

No argument. But I would think a constraint that involved status would be a more specific way to prevent that mistake and I would like that because it might express the biz rule precisely. (Not that I know the best way to express such a constraint.)

p Received on Tue Apr 17 2007 - 08:13:17 CDT

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