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Weighing Performance versus Maintainability

Performance and redundancy versus maintenance cost and normal forms:
The relational calculus helps you eliminate redundancy using normal forms and factorization. Relational database applications on the other hand show best performance with a minimal number of accesses to the database. The expensive factor is seek time for a certain record and not bandwidth for reading the data from a disk once they are located on the disk.

Hence these applications perform best if they are able to retrieve all data needed for a use-case with a single access to the database or if they hit a cluster of data.

Maintainability of a data model and performance are two conflicting goals.
Therefore: The harder you optimize your data model for performance, the higher your maintenance cost in case of changes to the application. Redundancy and all kinds of anomalies, normally prevented by the use of normal forms, have to be taken care of by maintenance.

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