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Best table approach - recording room data

Best table approach - recording room data

(OP)
Hello. Although I have spent quite some time
thinking of my table design, I am having a tough
time deciding which way to proceed and to this end
I would greatly appreciate some input

I need a table to hold property details. To be more
precise it needs to hold room name and room description.

There may be up to 25 rooms.

The first approach I thought of was for every record to
have 25 seperate room and description fields. Ie

Room1
Description1
Room2
Description2
Etc....

Then I thought of having just

Room
Decription

fields, But numerous records.

The advantage of the flat approach (one
record to each property) is that it is easy
to work with and all the room data are in one record.

It does however make some things more awkward (such as
printing report brochures and adding more rooms at a later date).

Using a many records approach makes adding any amount of rooms easy, but
makes for keeping the rooms in the correct order etc....more difficult

I would appreciate feedback on which is likely to be the best way to approach this.


Many thanks Mark

RE: Best table approach - recording room data

IMO (and opinion of people I trust) fields are expensive and rows are cheap. Go with the more normalized (less fields) solution every time.

Duane
Hook'D on Access
MS Access MVP

RE: Best table approach - recording room data

(OP)
Thank you very much.

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