Re: A pk is *both* a physical and a logical object.
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2007 16:34:36 GMT
"Jan Hidders" <hidders_at_gmail.com> wrote in message
> On 12 jul, 15:15, "David Cressey" <cresse..._at_verizon.net> wrote:
> > "Jan Hidders" <hidd..._at_gmail.com> wrote in message
> > news:1184241371.515071.251680_at_k79g2000hse.googlegroups.com...
> > > On 11 jul, 22:25, Cimode <cim..._at_hotmail.com> wrote:
> > > > Furthermore...
> > > > <<Technically a PK is *only* a physical implementation device, not a
> > > > logical concept at all.>>
> > > `When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone,
> > > `it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.'
> > > `The question is,' said Alice, `whether you can make words mean so
> > > many different things.'
> > > `The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master --
> > > that's all.'
> > > ;-)
> > > To answer the question, I think that is quite simple. As defined in
> > > the relational model it is a logical concept. As far as I know the SQL
> > > standard does not state that a PK implies an index (but I could be
> > > wrong) and then it is also there a logical concept. If it does imply
> > > an index then it is mixed concept because it has both logical and
> > > physical consequences.
> > It was my understanding that the relational model defines keys, but not
> > primary keys. That is, any candidate key is as much of a key as any
> Codd introduced the concept in his seminal paper, but yes, nowadays
> most researchers, including me, would agree that the notion doesn't
> make much sense at the logical level.
> > On another subject, just what *is* the distinction between "logical"
> > "physical". Over the decades since James Martin wrote on the subject,
> > there seems to have been considerable drift in what the terms actually
> I don't know how Martin defined it, but in the context of databases it
> is relatively clearly defined in my opinion.
IIRC, this is where I first ran across the term, and it was in the context
(It's been a long time, and I'm relying on memory for this) Received on Thu Jul 12 2007 - 18:34:36 CEST