What Is Relational Database Management System (RDMS)?

Database systems are an important part of the IT system. Relational Database Management System is a database that mainly stored data in a relational model by creating different relations between different data. Relational Database Management Systems simply called RDMS. RDMS mainly uses the Structured Query Language simply SQL in order to store and query data.

Relational Database Management System (RDMS) History

Relational Database Management System was created in 1970 at IBM. The relational database term is described in the paper named “A Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks”. In 1974, IBM began developing System R which is a research project to develop an RDMS. The first commercial RDMS is created by oracle in 1979. Then other commercial RDMS like DB2, SAP Sybase, and Informix are created.

Relational Database Management System Terms

With its popular use and long history RDMS has a lot of terms, technologies and methodologies. Below we will list some of the most popular RDMS terms.

Database is a containers for multiple tables. Single RDMS can store multiple databases for different projects and applications.

Table is the container for the records and data. Table stores different type of values in a single row which is also called as record.

Row or Record is a single entity which contains values and stored inside a table.

Column is used to store single type of values which is vertical line of a table.

Primary Key is a key used to created relations between different tables records.

Foreign Key is used to math another table primary key to create relations.

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Stored Procedure is an executable code that is stored inside the database and can be executed to complete different actions or return data.

Index is a way for quicker and faster data access for a table but creating and increasing index will take more storage for a table.

Query is a command which is generally an SQL which is used to complate an action or return data.

Normalization is the process of organizing the data inside an RDMS for efficient and fast use. Normalization will mainly eliminate redundant data.

Data Integrity is used to ensure the integrity of data inside different tables via explicit rules. Entity Integrity ensures no duplicate rows in a table. Domain Integrity enforces valid entries for a given column restricting type, format, and range of the values. Referential integrity used to prevent the deletion of rows which is used by other tables.

Popular Relational Database Management System’s (RDMS’s)

During its history different commercial RDMS’s are created. Below we will list some of the most popular and important commercial RDMS’s.

MySQL is the most popular open-source RDMS. It is used by big companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. MySQL mainly used with the PHP programming language.

MariaDBis a fork of the MySQL and provides most of the features of the MySQL database.

MS SQL Server is the RDMS created by Microsoft. It is released as different versions where SQL Server Express is the free version.

PostgreSQL is powerful and opensource RDMS. PostgreSQL is generally used alternative for MySQL but PostgreSQL requires more expertise to manage properly.

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Oracle is the most popular paid RDMS which is used by big enterprises. Oracle provides all enterprise-level features which are partially provided by other RDMS.

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