How the 3rd Normal Form Destroyed a Family

October 2016

Presented by Chuck Reeves (@manchuck)

Date: October 13, 2016
Time: 20:00 CDT

This is the story about how the 3rd Normal Form (3NF) destroyed the Smith family. We start off with John and Jane Smith, simple database designers. John is the DBA for a huge commerce store, while Jane is the DBA for a financial company. All John and Jane know is the 3NF which made designing their databases quite challenging. Fatal flaws following this design pattern causes both of them to lose their jobs. If only they knew about other database types out there and how those could have saved their jobs and their marriage. Instead of falling into the same trap as the Smiths, learn about different database systems out there and the problems they solve. Graphs, Document Store, Column-oriented, these different systems all solve different problems which could have prevented disaster. Don’t become like the Smiths, learn to think differently about how you store your data.

Chuck Reeves

Chuck Reeves

A PHP developer for the past 15 years, I have contributed to many projects ranging from: online sweepstakes, custom CMS, eCommerce and Marketing, and Custom software. When I’m rarely not developing, I spend my time playing Magic the Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons (because I’m a huge nerd)

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