Originally database design was included in the overall reviewing on CodeReview.SE. However, now that DBA is here, I'm wondering if those questions would be better here. What do you think?

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I answered here


I think it depends if you need a "pro" level review or just basics.

  • If it's just the basics and you have limited database experience (and there's nothing wrong with the basics) then a generic code review is fine.

  • If it's a complex schema and you have lots of database experience, then asking here is preferred.

Remember, the audience is professional DBAs on this site -- database specialists. If your question is more basic and general, it belongs on Stack Overflow or Code Review, where there are more generalists.

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I definitely think that they have a home here. There's a difference between reviewing a class and reviewing a proper table definition including indexes and expected versus actual performance and the like.

Same goes for queries.

I made a Venn for how I view the site currently:


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  • we're so small in this IT world.. I feel so unique. Maybe we're just like dinosaurs .. on our way out? :-). – Marian Mar 11 '11 at 9:35
  • Yes. We're so specific even the questions are hard to come by! – Nicolas de Fontenay Apr 5 '11 at 10:41
  • +1 for nice venn diagram. Another example of a picture worth a thousand words. – StanleyJohns Jun 6 '11 at 14:19

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