[thelist] QUESTION: Asp.net and DB design issue

ibura group iburagroup at gmail.com
Thu Oct 28 07:57:42 CDT 2004

Hello All,

I am working with a contractor on a project and I have a question I am
hoping some of you all can help me with.  I am building an asp.net
application that asks the users a number of personal questions(ex:
hair color, eye color, education, occupation etc).  In total I have
these questions broken up into 7 forms.

The person designing the DB has the following design in mind:
- 7 tables, one for each form
- Each table has a field for each of the questions on that page, some
as high as 20 field to reflect each question, with a user id in each
record as well.

I was also told I should use the following:
- 1 table for all of the questions
- Each record would have a userID, a formID, a questionID, and an answer

Can you please help explain the pros and cons of each design, or offer
a better design that will ensure scalability.

Thanks in advance.

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