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CHAPTER 3: Database Design and Creation > Determining the Information to Store ...

Determining the Information to Store in the Database

Using the notes you took in the previous section, you'll now try to find every area each point has an interest in. Looking at the list of areas that require information to be recorded and stored within the database, it's clear you need to arrange them in some sort of order. You're still looking at your solution from a logical viewpoint, and you're not ready to start building anything in SQL Server yet.

First off, let's scan through the points listed and try to group the information into specific, related areas. The list items are numbered, so I will be able to easily demonstrate the groupings. The following list shows some initial groupings and reasons for them:

  • Financial products
    • 1: You are dealing with more than one product. You need to record each product.
    • 2: Statements will be produced for each product, and specific product information for those statements will be recorded here, such as the name of the product.
    • 4: You need to record what type of premium is associated with this product.
    • 5: This point deals with a financial product's premium collection.
    • 6: This point deals again with statement production.


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