Normalization beyond Third Normal Form

This page contains the description for my conference session “Normalization beyond Third Normal Form”, and links to the slide deck of this presentation.


Target audience Intermediate and advanced DBAs and database developers.
Short description An explanation of the so-called “higher normal forms” that actually makes sense.
Duration The ideal length for this session is 60 – 75 minutes. It can be extended to 90 minutes by also including a short recapitulation of the “basic” normal forms.
Full abstract Do you believe the myths that “Third Normal Form is good enough”, or that “Higher Normal Forms are hard to understand”?

Do you believe the people who claim that these statements are myths?

Or do you prefer to form your own opinion?

If you take database design seriously, you cannot afford to miss this session. You will get a clear and easy to understand overview of all the higher Normal Forms: what they are, how to check if they are met, and what consequences their violations can have. This will arm you with the knowledge to reject the myths about higher Normal Forms. But, more important: it will make you a better designer!


Click here to download a ZIP file containing the slide deck of this presentation.

(Note: my presentations tend to evolve over time, so the version you find here may not be an exact match for the version you witnessed)

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