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Development of a Dependency Theory Toolbox for Database Design.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Much of the current dependency theory used to design and study relational databases exists in the form of published algorithms and theorems. However, hand simulating these algorithms can be a tedious and error prone chore. Therefore, the purpose of this thesis investigation was to design and implement a computer tool that is, a toolbox which contains various relational database design algorithms and functions to help solve the problems created by hand simulating the algorithms. This thesis includes a review of the activities typically done to design a relational database, and surveys the computer tools which are available, or are being developed, to assist database designers with the logical design of relational databases. The survey of computer tools indicated that although many researchers have developed computer tools to assist with relational database design, there are still many algorithms and functions which need to be incorporated into automated design tools. The toolbox is intended for use in an academic environment as a teaching aid and research tool rather than for practical application to database design problems. However, the tool could be used to design small relational databases which have a limited number of attributes. An evaluation of the toolbox done during the acceptance testing phase of development indicates that the tool can effectively serve in all of these capacities.
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