Exercises, examples and other material relating to training module S154. This topic is presented on public course
Data will be at the heart of your applications. Whilst it is possible to alter data structures later on without losing data, it is much better to get your design right at the start. This module covers the principles of analysing your database-destined data and designing a good structure for it.
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|4426||FileMaker Day to Unix Time conversion|
Posting here out of self defence ... this is always one I forget and it doesn't seem to come up on the searches. Coded in PHP.
# 735540 3/11/2014
$timeoffset = 735540 - mktime(12,0,0,11,3,2014) / 3600 / 24;
$daychanged = ($_REQUEST[whichday] - $timeoffset);
|3494||Databases - when to treat the rules as guidelines|
One of the "rules" of database design is that data should only be stored once. Another is that calculated values should not be stored - they should be calculated every time you ask for them. That way, you are going to get consistent results from database enquiries. Of course, if the data you've stored ...
|3361||Blowing our own trumpet - MySQL resources|
From my mailbox ....
I was able to (finally) learn the many to many relationships from your tutorial! It is written very well, thank you for it :)
Are there any resources or practical tutorial packs that you sell like an ebook or something?
For example things that intermediate ...
|3270||SQL - Data v Metadata, and the various stages of data selection|
MySQL is a system for managing data ... so it's natural for it to manage its own configuration data too in the same way. However, there are a few elements which have to be kept outside those internal tables - such as the data about which port number the daemon is to listen on, and the directory name ...
|2749||Delegate Question - defining MySQL table relationships as you create the tables|
Q - Can define how tables are linked (joined together) when you set them up in MySQL, rather than having to specify the join each time that you SELECT data from the tables?
What a great (and logical) idea, but it's not straightforward / automatically available. The current / default system in the ...
|2204||Images in a database? How big is a database? (MySQL)|
The discussion came up yesterday as to whether images should be stored in plain files or in a database, with one of my delegates saying that he had been strongly advised against a database.
That advise is typically going to be correct for a handful of images ... but when you get on to thousands in a ...
|2085||MySQL - licensing issues, even with using the name|
MySQL is a really good database and it's been available for a very long time under an open source license - indeed this piece of text will be stored in a MySQL database when I've added it to our web site using the Movable Type software , and pulled back from there using both Movable type software (here), ...
|2053||What a difference a MySQL Index made|
If you add an index to a column in a MySQL table, you provide a very quick way of looking up a row or set of rows based on the value in a certain column, but at the expense of additional disc space and a bit more internal management.
Here's an example in which I look up a record (by URL) in a table ...
|1771||More HowTo diagrams - MySQL, Tomcat and Java|
Here are some more diagrams "off the wall" from last week - showing "howto" and "whatis" information for Tomcat, Java and MySQL
Some Tomcat and Java Fundamentals
On the right of the board ... the main java programs ...
• the Java compiler is called javac
• the Java Virtual machins is in a ...
|937||Display an image from a MySQL database in a web page via PHP|
There's lots of clever scripts around to tell you how to get images in and out of databases, but nothing simple to show you the principles of including such an image via (say) PHP in a web page. So here goes.
you need TWO URLs - you need the HTML page that's going to contain the image, AND you need ...
|1575||Database design for a shopping application (MySQL)|
Here's a "proof of concept" demo from yesterday's MySQL session - a plan for the various tables that might be involved, and a few sample columns to see how "the whole" would work together.
On one side, you have a table of the shops that you're running the site for - the code is designed to be able ...
|1423||MySQL - table design and initial testing example|
"Examples are either simple as to be trivial, or too complex to understand" said a delegate - so this afternoon I accepted his challenge to come up with some thing in between. And the example is for some MySQL table design and design testing, with a Perl program to access and tabulate the data.
|945||Code quality counts|
We're celebrating Geekmas this weekend ... and we've got a full place. Plus others who are coming in for the day. Really good session yesterday on the good DESIGN of an interactive (scripted) web site that "mines" user information to give a tailored presentation, and a great intro by Paddy to Python's ...
|918||Databases needn't be frightening, hard or expensive|
Have you written a web site using plain old HTML (perhaps with style sheets and images) and then extended it to more interactive content using a little PHP, JSP, Perl, cgi or similar? Are you keeping the data associated with your PHP - your on line programs - in plain text files? If you are, that ...
|515||MySQL - an FAQ|
We're becoming a serious MySQL resource, with many technical articles, examples, forum posts and blog entries answering those difficult-to-resolve issues you may have come across. You might like to bookmark (or link to) this page.
Eleven recent articles on MySQL ...
Flashbulb moments - facts that ...
|666||Database design - get it right from first principles|
It's VITAL to get your data(base) design more or less right before you write too much code - otherwise you'll end up wasting a lot of time and effort writing kludge code and - worse - forcing your users into work-arounds for the lifetime of the system at great expense to everyone in time, effort and ...
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