What is Database Design, Anyway? – O’Reilly Media

Since databases are at the center of the IT world, their proper design would seem to be paramount. And yet, some of the popular references on database design theory and design best practice show a curious lack of understanding by the IT industry at large. In this O’Reilly report, C.J. Date—a prominent researcher and consultant specializing in relational database theory—clarifies exactly what database design is, or ought to be.