eXtropia: the open web technology company
Technology | Support | Tutorials | Development | About Us | Users | Contact Us
 ::   Tutorials
 ::   Presentations
Perl & CGI tutorials
 ::   Intro to Perl/CGI and HTML Forms
 ::   Intro to Windows Perl
 ::   Intro to Perl 5
 ::   Intro to Perl
 ::   Intro to Perl Taint mode
 ::   Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Broken CGI Script
 ::   Writing COM Components in Perl

Java tutorials
 ::   Intro to Java
 ::   Cross Browser Java

Misc technical tutorials
 ::   Intro to The Web Application Development Environment
 ::   Introduction to XML
 ::   Intro to Web Design
 ::   Intro to Web Security
 ::   Databases for Web Developers
 ::   UNIX for Web Developers
 ::   Intro to Adobe Photoshop
 ::   Web Programming 101
 ::   Introduction to Microsoft DNA

Misc non-technical tutorials
 ::   Misc Technopreneurship Docs
 ::   What is a Webmaster?
 ::   What is the open source business model?
 ::   Technical writing
 ::   Small and mid-sized businesses on the Web

Offsite tutorials
 ::   ISAPI Perl Primer
 ::   Serving up web server basics
 ::   Introduction to Java (Parts 1 and 2) in Slovak


Introduction to Databases for Web Developers
The Network Database Model  
In many ways, the Network Database model was designed to solve some of the more serious problems with the Hierarchical Database Model. Specifically, the Network model solves the problem of data redundancy by representing relationships in terms of sets rather than hierarchy. The model had its origins in the Conference on Data Systems Languages (CODASYL) which had created the Data Base Task Group to explore and design a method to replace the hierarchical model.

The network model is very similar to the hierarchical model actually. In fact, the hierarchical model is a subset of the network model. However, instead of using a single-parent tree hierarchy, the network model uses set theory to provide a tree-like hierarchy with the exception that child tables were allowed to have more than one parent. This allowed the network model to support many-to-many relationships

Visually, a Network Database looks like a hierarchcal Database in that you can see it as a type of tree. However, in the case of a Network Database, the look is more like several trees which share branches. Thus, children can have multiple parents and parents can have multiple children.

[Network Diagram]

Nevertheless, though it was a dramatic improvement, the network model was far from perfect. Most profoundly, the model was difficult to implement and maintain. Most implementations of the network model were used by computer programmers rather than real users. What was needed was a simple model which could be used by real end users to solve real problems.

Enter the Relational Database Model

Previous | Next | Table of Contents