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So, like, what is a byte?

A friend of mine in the filmmaking business, who is exceedingly bright but has never worked with SQL Server before, was reading through the first five posts of this Database Fundamentals series, and asked a great question: “I guess I’m not understanding what a byte is. I think I’m circling the drain in understanding it, but not[…]

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A First Look At Normalization

Phew! There’s a lot to take in with data types, collation, precision, scale, length, and Unicode, and we’re just getting warmed up. This week’s post is over 2,000 words long!

Over the last three weeks, we’ve gone fairly deep into data types, and now we are going to see how they come into play with normalization.

If we go back to the first post in this series, I mentioned normalization, and then apparently I forgot about it in the next two posts. What you didn’t see is that I was talking about it all along.

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Data Types and Collation

Last week we started with a very simple definition of a database: a discrete set of information, with a specific structure and order to it. We briefly looked at normalization, which is a way to store as little of the information as possible, so that it stays unique. We will cover more normalization as we[…]