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  • by citizenx (9) on 2002.02.25 15:22 (#5078)
    Oh, how I feel your pain. I go through this all the time with the databases at work, where it seems vowels are the Tools Of Satan.

    Tables with "subscriber" in the name, but "subscr" in various column names. Abbreviations like "wrnty", "overrd", "intrfce" (holy god you're saving TWO DAMN LETTERS), "cntry", and so on. And they're not even consistent, so I have to constantly check why something isn't working!

    And yet they insist on having redundancy in the form of "bin_num", "sic_code", and lookup tables where the column names are unique (prepend the lookup table name) rather than make them all the same (given they all have the same ID/short desc/long desc structure).