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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Easy-to-use tools (e.g., Access) and the ready availability of books and articles has lowered the starting bar for doing database work, but many of the intro books--at least the ones that I've paged through--seldom give explicit guidance for distinguishing good relational designs from bad ones. The more serious books do, but these aren't often the ones people find on the bookstore shelves when they have a problem to solve, but no background in theory to guide them. And once they have something working, most potential purchasers of the result don't have the technical ability to vet the product.

    I think that for the time being, it is our lot in life to discover and clean up such messes.