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Things to consider : #08 Bad code is salvagable - bad data can be a much worse spaghetti to untangle 04/01/2012:14:02:11

The heart of good data design is knowing what the data is and how it relates to itself and the transforms through which it will pass. Normalisation is your buddy in many cases, but you need to extend it to encompass the hardware and the domain knowledge too.