Database Modeling with Microsoft Visio for Enterprise Architects / Edition 1

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Overview

This book is for database designers and database administrators using Visio, which is the database component of Microsoft's Visual Studio .NET for Enterprise Architects suite, also included in MSDN subscriptions. This is the only guide to this product that tells DBAs how to get their job done. Although primarily focused on tool features, the book also provides an introduction to data modeling, and includes practical advice on managing database projects. The principal author was the program manager of VEA's database modeling solutions.

· Explains how to model databases with Microsoft® Visio for Enterprise Architects (VEA), focusing on tool features.
· Provides a platform-independent introduction to data modeling using both Object Role Modeling (ORM) and Entity Relationship Modeling (ERM), and includes practical advice on managing database projects.
· Additional ORM models, course notes, and add-ins available online.

Audience: Data modelers, database modelers, and DBAs working with Visual Studio .NET for Enterprise Architects and subscribers to Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN); upper division undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science and Information Science; professional courses in database modeling, business rules, Microsoft course in Visual Studio .NET and SQL Server.

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Meet the Author

Dr. Terry Halpin is a professor at Northface University. He has led database research teams at several companies including Visio Corporation and Microsoft Corporation, where he worked on the conceptual and logical database modeling technology in Microsoft Visio for Enterprise Architects. His publications include over 100 technical papers and five books.

Ken Evans has taught and applied ORM in English and French for 10 years. His know-how in data and process modeling and complex systems management comes from over 30 years in industry, including international jobs with IBM, EDS, Honeywell Controls, and Plessy and clients among the Fortune 500.

Patrick Hallock, M.S., is the founder of InConcept, a consulting firm, and teaches object modeling throughout the United States. He has been in the industry for 30 years, focusing on database design, with an emphasis on ORM.

Bill MacLean, CPA, is an independent consultant and teacher who has worked with relational databases for over 15 years, and consulted in database design for the last 9. He believes that the purpose of a data model is to turn business requirements into buildable specifications.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Pt. 1 Overview of Database Modeling and the Database Modeling Tool
1 Introduction 3
2 Database Modeling 19
3 Getting Started 31
Pt. 2 The Conceptual Modeling Solution (ORM)
4 Object Types, Predicates, and Basic Constraints 65
5 ORM Constraints 97
6 Configuring, Manipulating, and Reusing ORM Models 121
7 Mapping ORM Models to Logical Database Models 133
8 Reverse Engineering and Importing to ORM 165
9 Conceptual Model Reports 177
Pt. 3 The Logical Modeling Solution (ER and Relational)
10 Creating a Basic Logical Database Model 203
11 Generating a Physical Database Schema 231
12 Editing Logical Models: Intermediate Aspects 255
13 Editing Logical Models: Advanced Aspects 281
14 Reverse Engineering Physical Schemas to Logical Models 297
15 Logical Database Model Reports 307
Pt. 4 Managing Database Projects
16 Change Propagation and Round-Trip Engineering 329
17 Other Features and Best Practices 361
Glossary and ORM Notation 389
Further Resources 401
Index 411
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