Flat File databases vs. Relational databases

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1. What feature of the following does not apply to Relational databases?

  • Independent from the DBMS/application
  • Data is held in multiple tables
  • No ability to share files
  • There are relationships between tables
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2. Requires more resources and knowledge (e.g. experienced staff)

  • Disadvantage of Relational
  • Advantage of Flat File
  • Advantage of Relational
  • Disadvantage of Flat File

3. Problem with data consistency

  • Advantage of Relational
  • Advantage of Flat File
  • Disadvantage of Flat File
  • Disadvantage of Relational

4. Problem with data redundancy

  • Disadvantage of Relational
  • Disadvantage of Flat File
  • Advantage of Flat File
  • Advantage of Relational

5. What feature of the following does not apply to Flat File databases?

  • All data is held in a single table
  • Data is consistent throughout all tables
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Often created using spreadsheets

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