Graph databases have been gaining popularity over recent years as a viable alternative to the relational model. Graph databases are particularly well suited to storing connected data – data with lots of interconnected relationships, especially those that run many levels deep.
This article looks at the main differences between graph databases and relational databases.
A foreign key is a field that is linked to another table‘s primary key field in a relationship between two tables.
In relational database management systems, a relationship defines a relationship between two or more tables. That is, the data in one table is related to the data in the other. One table contains the primary key and the other table contains the foreign key.
When we establish a relationship between the tables, we link the foreign key with the primary key. From that point on, any value in the foreign key field should match a value from the primary key field in the other table.
In relational database design, a relationship is where two or more tables are linked together because they contain related data. This enables users to run queries for related data across multiple tables.
Relationships are a key element in relational database design.
Here’s an example:
In the above example, the City table has a relationship with the Customer table. Each customer is assigned a city. This is done by using a CityId field in the Customer table that matches a CityId in the City table.
While it’s certainly possible to store the full city name in the Customer table, it’s better to have a separate table that stores the city details. You can easily use a query to look up the CityName by using the CityId that’s stored for that customer.