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About foreign key

raj malhotra
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Joined: Feb 22, 2007
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In Head First SQL,on page 304 its written that
Foreign key don't have to be unique -infact they often aren't

on page 305 it says
You can use a foreign key to reference a unique value in the parent table.It doesn't have to be the primary key of the parent table,but it must be unique.

Somebody please clarify about it.

Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 46352
You have one primary key for each address in the address table.
Several people in the person table can live at the same address, using the same value for their foreign key.
Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 46352
In my example you could not use town as a foreign key; there are likely to be several addresses for the same town, so you could not retrieve anybody's address.
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