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4: Persistent Data Storage

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    Learning Goals

    By the end of this section, you should be able to demonstrate:

    • An understanding of basic database types
    • How pieces of information can relate to each other
    • The ability to normalize data into a structured query format
    • The ability to create, populate and interact with a MySQL database
    • A basic understanding of the advanced capabilities of MySQL queries

    • 4.1: Database Types
      While there are a number of databases available for use like MySQL, node.js, and Access, there is an additional list of the types of database structures each of these belongs to. These types each represent a different organizational method of storing the information and denoting how elements within the data relate to each other.
    • 4.2: Data Relationships
      Before we begin to design our database, we need to understand the different relationships that can exist between two pieces of information.
    • 4.3: MySQL Data Types
      whenever we create a table structure in MySQL we must identify the data type we intend to store in any given column. Familiarizing yourself with the types available in MySQL will lend to your ability to design efficient table structures.
    • 4.4: Normalization
      Normalization is the process of structuring and refining the data we want to store in such a way that we eliminate repeated information and represent as much connection between records as possible.
    • 4.5: MySQL CRUD Actions
      There are four basic actions that cover how we interact with the data and structures in our database. We can either create new data, read existing data, update something already in place, or delete it. These four actions are collectively referred to as CRUD.
    • 4.6: Advanced Queries
      To use relational databases to their fullest extent, we need to be able to connect our tables using our foreign keys in order to extract our full records. This is done by combining statements and joining tables together.
    • 4.E: Persistent Data Storage (Exercises)
      Activities and questions