Database Structure


Here’s where we tell you that you have been working with a simplified version of the Portal database. (We’re sure that you had suspicions that the data was too clean, anyway). Download the original Plots table and follow the steps from Importing Data. Name the New Database something like portal_mammals_original.sqlite. Then,

Before starting this problem make sure that you have a backup of your database In general, when developing a database it’s probably best to work on a copy that is specifically just for development. Once it’s working then apply it to your actual database. Always, always, backup your databases before messing with them in this manner. Seriously.

The Plots table in this version of the Portal database violates one of the major rules of database structure (the whole gosh dang table is redundant for Pete’s sake!). Figure out a better design using one table to link each plot number to a single experimental code (save this as PlotsSingleCode) and a second table that includes various versions of each type of code (save this as Experiments). Create these tables and add the appropriate data by extracting the necessary information from the old table and insert it into the new tables.

Using your new plot related tables write a query that determines the description and the number of plots of each plot type.

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