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Ashraful Alam is a Software Architect, who has 8 years of professional experience in Software Development industry. This Bangladeshi national is involved with project management and development of several US based software projects from his country. Already he has managed and developed several software projects, which are being used by several users of different countries, such as USA, Canada, Australia, and Bangladesh. While developing and managing a team, he contains and maintains a set of well defined engineering practices developed by him and other online developer communities.

Due to his willingness to give effort to improve and share better software development practices, Ashraf has been awarded as “Most Valuable Professional” (MVP) in ASP.NET category by Microsoft since year 2007 multiple times, which is a rare honor and prestigious reorganization among the developers around the world.

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Northwind database is such a database which is available in SQL Server 2000 and which data model is well known to most microsoft based developers. So, when testing or modeling new software framework or architecture, specially from data driven perspective, if we conisder Northwind it reduces sample data modeling, data generation etc overhead and also our architecture or product sample can be easily sharable with other developers.

As relational database deals with three types of relationships, rather using it's whole data model, we can consider only four entities of Northwind database: Employees, Territories, EmployeeTerritories, Region. This sub-set will give us a simpler data model to quickly concentrate on the application architecture or the object model, rather spending time on the analyzing data model and can be used in as much as cases we need to analyze or design.


One-to-One: Employees (EmployeeId, ReportsTo)
Description: one employee reports to another employee.
One-to-Many: Region, Territories (TerritoryId, RegionId)
Description: One region has many territories.
Many-to-Many: Employee, Territories, EmployeeTerritories (EmployeeId, TerritoryId)
Description: One employee belongs to many territories and one territory has many employees.

Posted on Friday, July 7, 2006 8:47 AM Implementation , Architecture , Database , Software Development | Back to top


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