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Intro to Database Design

Data, data everywhere, and not a byte to waste.... 

Database is the science (and art) of storing and retrieving data.  As anyone who has tried to analyze data using Excel can attest, it is not as simple as it might seem.  

Are you a developer (web or otherwise) and wish to learn more about the backend stack? Are you an analyst who would like to learn why your reports take time to build and run? Are you a business owner or hobbyist who'd like to design your own database system? Or, maybe you're thinking about becoming a database professional? If you answered yes to any of the questions above or are just generally interested in learning more about databases - this class will get you started.

No prior experience is necessary in this introductory course where we will dive deep into the foundations of relational database.  

We will cover many intriguing topics such as: 

• How do you choose a primary key?  

• How do you slice your data into tables? 

• What does it mean when someone asks if your database has been "normalized"? 

• What is referential integrity?  

• What is so special about an index? 

This class is the first in a new Girl Develop It series on data, and it is a recommended introduction for those who plan to take the upcoming Introduction to SQL classes

What to bring:

• Notebook, a laptop is optional

About the teacher:

Sondra Willhite has been a database developer for the last decade.  In this role she is responsible for database design and builds front-end interfaces, and she has a hand in many other database related tasks such troubleshooting performance and creating business intelligence reports. She's also been a GDI student and TA, and is very excited to be teaching her first GDI class! Find her on Twitter @sondrawi.

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  • Karen M.

    Impossibly late on a project :( Will not be there tonight. Anyone who would like my spot may take it. So stressed! and bummed. Hope I'm not too lost for the SQL class.

    November 12, 2013

    • Vicki B.

      No worries. I'll do a quick refresh of concepts at the beginning.

      November 15, 2013

  • cicely

    a perfect intro class! very pleased to hear about design from several points of view

    November 13, 2013

  • tlc

    so sorry I couldn't make it - I'm sick as a dog :-(

    November 12, 2013

  • Leigh

    How long is tonight's workshop?

    November 12, 2013

  • Corinne W.

    Hi all - We understand the weather and other circumstances might change your ability to make it tonight.

    Please announce that you're opening a spot right here on the page. We do not have the capacity at this point to facilitate those trades via email. The best plan of action is to post on here that you can't make it and hope that someone on the wait list is available to take your spot.

    Thanks for understanding!

    November 12, 2013

  • Leigh

    How long is tonight's workshop?

    November 12, 2013

  • Kristin

    Is it ok if I bring a sandwich? I'm coming straight from work.

    2 · November 12, 2013

  • sondra

    @Kristin (and everyone!) snacks are encouraged, since we'll be meeting through dinner time. Please note that we won't be sitting at a table, so portable snacks will work best.

    @cicely Terrific - see you there!

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Sarah H.

    I'm going to have to miss tonight. Sorry for the late notice! Does anyone want my spot?

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • cicely

    despite the weather, i'll be there tonight!

    November 12, 2013

  • sondra

    @Josette @Ali exchange noted!

    November 12, 2013

  • Josette R.

    @Sondra I gave my place to Ali.

    November 10, 2013

  • Josette R.

    Something came up and I won't be able to attend. I'm not sure how it works with the waiting list, but if someone wants my spot you can have it.

    November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This class filled so quickly!!! :(:( I want in!!

    1 · October 21, 2013

    • Corinne W.

      We're going to change the layout of the space so that we can add more chairs! Opening seats now...

      1 · October 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll be at the next* one (*hoping there will be a repeat offering!).

      November 9, 2013

  • Kristen

    I'd love to take this class and the SQL - but will be out of town for this class. Will you offer both later on? If so, would you recommend that I wait to take the SQL until I've taken this class? Thanks.

    November 6, 2013

  • Elise

    Hi Sondra,

    If you need a TA, please let me know. I work as a Oracle DBA/DA for longer than I am willing to admit :)

    October 23, 2013

    • sondra

      Thanks for the offer Elise! Since this is a lecture rather than a workshop, there won't be any TAs. But if you like to TA for the SQL class in December let us know.

      October 26, 2013

  • ali

    Hi please notify of more openings.

    October 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I agree. I been checkimg and it went from 22 to 31 participants yet I was never notified that when there were more spots open (I have the notifications check ON)

      October 24, 2013

  • Jillian G.

    I'd also love a spot if anything opens. Please let me know! Thanks.

    October 22, 2013

  • Karen M.

    Dang! If a spot opens up, I'm interested! Thanks.

    1 · October 22, 2013

  • Andria B.

    Is there a specific tool/software being used or demonstrated?

    October 21, 2013

    • Vicki B.

      Andria, if you're interested in specifics, you might be interested in the second half of the database track, where I'll teach intro to SQL using MySQL.

      1 · October 22, 2013

    • Andria B.

      Perfect... Got the last spot! Woohoo!

      October 22, 2013

  • cicely

    is wireless access available onsite?

    October 21, 2013

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