Why (almost) every Web site needs an RDBMS

Deciding to bite the bullet early

From the developerWorks archives

David Mertz Ph.D

Date archived: January 4, 2017 | First published: December 11, 2007

When your Web application reaches a certain size, it needs a good database design behind it. And in fact, this "certain size" is much smaller than almost every small-site developer thinks. Relational Data Base Management Systems (RDBMSes) need not be restrictive or over-architected, as their bad reputation sometimes brings developers to fear. A bit of thought toward what your site does quickly turns into a sensible schema design, and it is easy to leave open expandable storage mechanisms like a configuration table within an RDBMS back end.

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