Components of RDBMS – SQL Server Tutorial


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Different Types of Keys in RDBMS:- [components of RDBMS]

The different keys are  

  1. Primary key
  2. Composite key
  3. Candidate key
  4. Super key
  5. Foreign key.

PRIMARY KEY in SQL Server with example   :-

What is Primary Key in SQL Server?

  • A column that uniquely identifies each record in table is called “Primary key”.
  • Example is Student-ID.




    SNAME     GROUP 

    Where SID is PRIMERY KEY

COMPOSITE  KEY in SQL Server  :- 

What is Composite Key in SQL Server?

    Sid                 Cid           Sname          Cname                      Doc

     1                     10                a                  java                          10

     1                      11                a                 .net                            15

     2                      10                b                  java                           10

  • A combination of columns uniquely identifying the record then it is called “composite key”. In the above set of rows Sid and Cid are the Composite keys


What is Candidate Key in SQL Server?

  • Vehicle Table  :

Vehicle no         eng. No           Vname            Price            Model 

  • Attributes which are eligible for Primary Keys are  called  “Candidate key”.
  1. Candidate keys  : vehno,
  2. Primery key  :vehno
  3. Alternate key  :engno.
  • A primery key is always Candidate key  but

A candidate key may or may not be a Primary key.

SUPER KEY in SQL Server :

What is Super Key in SQL Server?

  • The combination of columns uniquely identifiers the record is called “Super key”.

Super Key Example:-  


               Dno    dname              loc    –    s.k.1

               Dno+dname                         –    s.k.2

               Dno+loc                               –    s.k.3

               Dname+loc                           –    s.k.4                

               Primary key = min (super key)

So, hence primary key is dno & dname.

Primary key dno & alternate key dname.


What is Foreign Key in SQL Server?

  • It is used to establish relationship b/w two tables is called “Foreign key”.
  • A  Foreign key is a primary key in some other table.

Foreign Key Example   :-

  Emp                                                                        Dep          

  Empno         ename        sal                                   Dname 

     1                    A              5        10                             10                        sales          12 n’t automic

     2                     B              6        20                             20                        alcs            25

      3                     C              7       30                              30                        stones        367

  • If the relationship is one to many  always the F.K is should be added to the table participating on “many-side of the relationship”.

Example   :-  

           Customer                                Order

            Cid          cname                price

  • 1  to many ,so primary key can be added to  order table only.
  • If relationship is one to one ,  the foreign key can be added to any table.   

    Dept                                        mgr      Dname                           mgrno    Name

      It  is one to one.

Many –to-Many Relationship in sql with example  :-

     Example  :

  •         Supp.                                                     Cust

  Eid         Ename                                    Cid                    Cname

  11              A                                            1                         X

   12              B                                           2                          Y

   13              C                                            3                          Z


                                          Sid         Cid

                                            10            1

                                            10            2

                                            11             1 

  • RDBMS Doesn’t support    Many-to-Many relationship –

    In RDBMS, Many-to-Many relationship will be splitting to two-one-two many Relationship.


Steps followed in database development:

  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Implementation
  • Maintenance.
  1. Db designed by “DB Designer(or) DB Architect”
  2. The DB designer designed the  db by using two techniques,

                       (i) ER model:  Top-down  Approach

                       (ii) Normalization: Bottom up    Approach

  1. DB developed by “DB Developer”
  2. The developer the will develop the database by using “RDBMS TOOL” i:e sql server (or) oracle. 

ER MODEL in SQL Server   :–

  1. ER stands for “entity relationship” model
  2. It is a “Graphical  representation of data”.
  3. The  diff. element of ER model
  •       Entities
  •       Entity sets
  •       Attributes
  •       Relationships

ENTITY in SQL Server with Example:–  

  • It is an object.

Ex: Employee,customer,bank A/c,course etc.

ENTITY SETS in ER Diagram with Example:–

  • Collection of entities that share common properties is called “Entity Sets”. 


entity set 

Symbol: rectangle represents the entity set.

    Example:  Employee

Examples of ATTRIBUTES  in Database:–

  • Attributes one the properties of entity.


          Empid       ename      job     sal

These are all properties of employee.

  • Attributes are indicated by symbol is “Oval or Ellipse”.


  • A relationship is a association b/w entities of entity sets.

 DBMS Relations

  • The relationship is indicated by symbol  is “dimension”

Types of Relationships in SQl Server :–

  •  1 to 1
  • 1 to many
  • Many to Many

 ER Model 

  • ER  model can be used to at “Design part”

Difference Between ER model and Relational Model

ER Model                                               Relational Model

Entity sets                                         Here,entity sets are converted to “Tables”

Attributes                                           “Fields”

Relationships                                     “Foreign keys”

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