44 terms

Comp Ch. 8

flat file database
stores database records in a plain text file
most common flat file database
database development platforms
allow you to create a database and a DBMS for accessing and manipulating data in the database
smallest practical unit in most databases
typically a name, number, or combination of characters that in some way describe an aspect of an object or activity
collection of related fields that describe some object or activity
collection of related fields
master files
permanent files that are updated over time
collection of integrated & related files of tables
generalized class of people, places, or things for which data is collected, store, and maintained
characteristic of an entity
data item
specific value of an attribute
primary key
field within a database table that uniquely identifies each record
relational database
organizes data into multiple tables that are related by common fields
object-oriented model
encapsulates data and database functionality together in software objects
object-relational databases
combine features of object-oriented model with relational model (most popular model)
ability to connect data in different tables through a common field
entity relationship diagram
illustrates relationships b/w tables
graphical representation of the structure of a database
data definition language (DDL)
collection of instructions and commands used to define and describe data and data relationships in a specific database
data dictionary
detailed description of each field and table in a database
structured query language (SQL)
popular data manipulation language used by the vast majority of database programmers
data manipulation language (DML)
specific language provided with the DBMS that allows people and other database users to access, modify, and make queries about data contained in the database and to generate reports
query by example (QBE)
database entity is selected as an example of the criteria to be queried
data warehouse
very large database that holds important info from a variety of sources
data mart
small data warehouse, often developed for a specific person or purpose
data mining
process of extracting info from data warehouse
business intelligence (BI)
technologies used to gather and report info that supports intelligent business decision making
distributed database
takes available data stored in multiple locations and makes it appear as a single collection
cloud storage
situations where a distributed database provides storage services to the public
replicated database
holds a duplicate set of frequently used data
data center
climate-controlled building or set of buildings that house servers that store and deliver mission-critical info and services
lights out environment
data centers can run and manage themselves while being monitored remotely
database administrator (DBA)
skilled and trained computer professional who directs all activities related to an organizations database, including providing security from intruders
the data manipulation language ___ is the most popular tool when working with a database
data mining
through ______, businesses can analyze inventory and costs for more efficiency
a data warehouse ____ data from several databases to provide useful information
database management system
a _____ is a program that lets computer users create and access a collection of organized data
digital certificate
a data dictionary includes all of the following EXCEPT _________
inaccurate data entered into a database resulting in incorrect output is also known as ________
in a database, a collection of related records is referred to as a table or a _______
in a database, your first name would be categorized as a _______
data _______ refers to the quality and accuracy of the data
save data
the power of a database lies in the ability to do all of the following EXCEPT ______ in order to answer questions and discover patterns