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What is a Relational Database?

A method of creating a database using tables of related data, with relationships between the tables.

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What is a Table?

A method for implementing an entity and attributes as a group of related data.

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What is an Entity?

An object about which data will be stored.

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What is an Attribute?

A characteristics or piece of information about an entity, which would be stored as a field in a relational database.

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What is an Entity relationship diagram?

A visual method of describing relationships between entities.

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What is a Primary key?

An attribute that can be used to uniquely identify every record within a table.

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What is an Entity identifier?

An attribute which can uniquely identify each instance of an entity.

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What is a Foreign key?

An attribute in a table that is a primary key in another table and us used to link tables together.

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What is Normalisation?

The process of ensuring that a relational database is structured efficiently.

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What is Structured query language (SQL)?

A specialised programming language for manipulating databases.

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What is Syntax?

The rules of how words are used within a given language.

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What is a Query?

A search or sort carried out on data that retrieves the answer to a question.

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What is a Client-server database?

A way of implementing a database where the database is put into a server and various users can access it from their workstations. The processing, for example, running a query, will take place on the server.

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What is a Database management system?

Software that enables the management of all aspects of a database including adding, updating and querying data.

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What is Record locks?

A technique to temporarily prevent access to certain records held on a database.

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What is Sterialisation?

A technique to ensure that only one transaction at a time is executed from multiple users on a database.

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What is Timestamp ordering?

A technique to ensure multiple users can execute commands on a shared database based on the timestamp of when the data was last written to or read from.

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What is Commitment ordering?

A technique to ensure concurrent transactions on a shared database are executed based on a the timestamp of when the request is made and also the precedence the request takes over other simultaneous requests.

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What is Big data?

A generic term for large or complex datasets that are difficult to store and analyse.

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What is Modelling?

Recreating a real life situation on a computer.

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Graph Schema (database)?

A method of defining a database in terms of nodes, edges and properties.

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What is a Node (database)?

In database modelling, it is an entity.

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What are properties (database)?

In database modelling, it is items of information stored within each each entity.

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What is an Edge (database)?

In a database graph schema, it refers to the link and relationship between two nodes.

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What is Distributed processing/computing?

The principle of spreading large and complex tasks over a number of computers or servers.

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What is a Distributed program?

A program specifically written to be used in a distributed processing environment.

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What is Functional programming

A programming paradigm that uses functions to create programs.

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What is a Variable?

A data item whose value will change as the program is run.

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What is meant by the term 'Mutable'

Changeable.

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What is meant by the state of a variable?

The Value that is currently stored in that variable.