Deriving Triggers from Integrity Constraint Specifications in the Database Management Systems

M. Badawy, K. Richta


Supporting integrity constraints is essential for database systems. Integrity constraints are used to ensure that the data in a database complies with rules that have been set to establish accurate and acceptable information for a database. Triggers provide a very powerful and flexible means to realize effective constraint enforcing mechanisms. Implementing triggers based on constraint specifications follows some simple rules that are basically independent of a particular commercial database system. This paper gives these rules, which can be used to derive triggers from constraint specifications. A comparison of advantages of constraints and triggers is also given in this paper.


database design; integrity constraints specifications; triggers

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ISSN 1210-2709 (Print)
ISSN 1805-2363 (Online)
Published by the Czech Technical University in Prague