Re: satisfies algorithm
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2008 19:40:45 +0100
"Brian Selzer" <brian_at_selzer-software.com> wrote in message
> "David Portas" <REMOVE_BEFORE_REPLYING_dportas_at_acm.org> wrote in message
>> "Brian Selzer" <brian_at_selzer-software.com> wrote in message
>>> Yes. Normalize. A schema that is in BCNF does not have any nontrivial
>>> functional dependencies where the determinant is not also a key. Where
>>> there is a key, there should also be a unique index of some sort, making
>>> it impossible for there to be two tuples with the same determinant.
>> Unique indexes have nothing to do with keys. A key is a logical construct
>> whereas an index is merely one possible physical structure used by some
>> DBMSs. A key does not require an index.
> Keys have the uniqueness property. Don't you agree that the uniqueness
> property should be enforced by whatever implementation is chosen?
Yes of course.
> I think you would be hard pressed with today's technology to find a more
> efficient implementation method to enforce the uniqueness property than
> maintaining an index--especially when a relation has more than one key.
This is a different thing from saying there "should" be a unique index for a key. Some DBMSs don't even have the concept of indexes (Netezza comes to mind). Whether a database has indexes or not has nothing to do with whether keys are enforced.
-- David PortasReceived on Sat Jul 26 2008 - 20:40:45 CEST