Data Modeling (Relational Database, Code, Graph, Text)

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1 - About

A data model in software engineering is an abstract model that try to represent the reality and describes how data are represented and accessed.

Data models formally define:

Data modeling can be found:

  • in RDBMS where a table represents a data entity and the keys, the relationship
  • in code where object (of classes) can represent a data entity and the relationship can be represented by an extra attributes or an extern map.

There is not a right or wrong way of doing things as:

See also: Natural Language - Text Modeling


3 - Data Modeling Concepts


4 - Types of RDBMS Physical Models (Schema)

The difference between model (ER, Dimensional, Vault) has everything to do with terminology and method.

There are two basic types of physical models :

E-R models are designed to minimize data storage redundancy and optimize data updates.

Dimensional models are designed to enhance understandability and to optimize query performance.

  • Data Vault

The Data Vault consists of three primary entity types:

  • Hubs,
  • Links,
  • and Satellites.

The Hubs are core business keys, the Links form all relationships, and the Satellites provide all descriptive information.


5 - Documentation / Reference