If you’re building an application or development project you need to consider your plan for storing and managing the information generated by your users. This is no simple task as it requires a strong logical data structure and an information hierarchy plan tailored to your application.
Every application development project comes with it’s own database requirements. Before you get started, you should sit with a team of developers to outline every possible use case for your application. That way there are no surprises in the database development process.
There are a number of excellent open source database platforms available including MySQL, Mongo DB, and PostgreSQL that have the structure and tools you need to handle administrative and user functions. It’s best to work with a strong team of developers who have experience in a number of platforms and who can tailor an approach to meet your needs.
Database design is a complicated skill, but it is a vital step in the creation of a great application. We like to follow a step-by-step process as we work on database development so we can create a sound structure for the project.
This is where we sit down with your product managers, marketing people, and anyone else who is involved with the project. We go through intensive user stories sessions to walk through every possible use case and function for your application database.
Following our user story sessions, we will break down functionality needs into individual database objects. Let’s say your application sells furniture. We will create objects for product listings, sales information, payment method, shipping information and more. These objects will form the structural needs for your application.
In this phase we audit the objects in your database and define the type of data they will store. They could be anything from raw text and numbers to category columns and unique identifiers. Every object data column will serve a unique purpose for your application.
We will also define the places where objects in your database interact with each other. If a column in Table A requires information from Table B we will be prepared to look up and find the needed information across the database.