May 2015 Archive


Maintaining Referential Integrity

We have studied how to declare a foreign key, and we learned that this declaration implies that any set of values for the attributes of the foreign key, none of which are NULL, must also appear in the corresponding attribute(s) of the referenced relation. But how is this constraint

Deferring the Checking of Constraints

Suppose the situation of "Declaring Foreign-Key Constraints" Example 1, where presC# in Studio is a foreign key referencing cert# of MovieExec. Bill Clinton decides, after his national presidency, to found a movie studio, called Redlight Studios, of which he will naturally be the

Constraints on Attributes and Tuples

We have seen key constraints, which compel certain attributes to have distinct values among all the tuples of a relation, and we have seen foreign-key constraints, which enforce referential integrity between attributes of two relations. Now, we shall see a third important kind of

Tuple-Based CHECK Constraints

To declare a constraint on the tuples of a single table R, when we define that table with a CREATE TABLE statement we may add to the list of attributes and key or foreign-key declarations the keyword CHECK followed by a parenthesized condition. This condition can be anything that

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