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Many tables vs. just two tables dilemma

Question asked by happychap on Jul 29, 2010
Latest reply on Jul 30, 2010 by RickWhitelaw

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Many tables vs. just two tables dilemma

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Hello

Here's the situation.  I have two tables: "Students" is just basic info on the student.  "Records" has 100+ fields, since there are many types of records: observation records, phone call records, etc.  The two are related by Student_Name (validated as unique value).

What works: (1) I have a button in each record that will take me to the appropriate layout for the type of record. (2) I can generate a report that outlines a student's whole record history, regardless of record type, in chronological order.  I need this functionality. 

My question: I wonder if I'd rather have my various types of records have their own dedicated tables? It seems like it would make navigating/editing/scripting/creating new types of records easier. 

BUT, I don't want to lose my treasured chronological report of all records, regardless of type.  How hard would it be to get a report that listed records in chronological order from various tables? Would I use lookups and have a "reports" table? Maybe that would be more trouble than it is worth? 

I know there is something about using TO's here, but for the life of me I can't figure out how splitting it up into TOs really helps, or even how to do that...I have tried to read the TO article posted up here before and it is a bit, um, abstract. 

Many thanks in advance, 

Joe

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