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Issue 13.4 ('"El Capitan"')
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Issue: 13.4 (July/August 2015)
Author: Craig Boyd
Author Bio: Craig Boyd is currently a data architect for a growing consumer lending company. But in his 18 years of IT experience, he has been everything from a PC Technician, iSeries System Administrator, iSeries Programmer, Sr. Technical Lead, Data Modeler, and Oracle DBA. He lives in the great state of Texas with his wife and two kids.
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In the last column we took a look at two enterprise data modeling tools, ERwin and ER/Studio. In this column we are going to start looking at the next tier of tools down from this. The main difference between this tier and the enterprise level is the support for true IDEF data modeling which would include conceptual models and logical models. Some of the tools we will be looking at may support the IDEF notation, but that is all the IDEF standards they do support. Just to clarify though, the notation that I am talking about here is the way the relationship lines are drawn between the boxes. Basically everyone knows of the IE notation (crow's feet) and some folks use IDEF (circles). I typically use IE because more people understand it.

The first tool we are going to look at is called DbSchema (www.dbschema.com).

Platforms: Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Pricing: (USD, at the time of publication)

Personal = $127.00

Commercial = $197.00

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