Re: How do you illustrate a database?

Subject: Re: How do you illustrate a database?
From: Charles Fisher <decrsc!charles -at- UUNET -dot- UU -dot- NET>
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 1993 16:36:26 -0500

Steven Owens (hi steven) said this in response to Yvonne DeGraw's
mention of entity relationshop diagrams:

> Hm... I have a feeling I should know what you're referring to here (entity
> relationship diagrams) but I can't place it. Could you provide a little more
> description? How about some references to database design books that might
> describe this?

We use a variation of entity relationship diagrams based on the methods
Edward Yourdon describes in his book, _Modern_Structured_Analysis_.
Yourdon Press Computing Series. Prentice Hall. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1989.
ISBN 0-13-598624-9.

They're not the most beautiful things in the world to look at, but they
do represent the database in a format that is familiar to the techie types
who want this sort of information. It also helped us to establish a standard
format for the diagrams, and (so far) it's been able to handle everything
that development has thrown at us.

Charles Fisher
Senior Documentation Specialist
Program Manager/President-Elect, STC Washington DC Chapter

Datatel, Inc.
4375 Fair Lakes Court
Fairfax, VA 22033
(703) 968-4588 (voice)
(703) 968-4625 (FAX)
charles -at- datatel -dot- com

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