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Database Development Life Cycle


  • Pranshu Gupta

    (Kansas State University, Manhattan)

  • Ramon A. Mata-Toledo

    (James Madison University, Harrisonburg)

  • Morgan D. Monger

    (Datatel Inc., Fairfax)


A software development life cycle model (SDLC) consists of a set of processes (planning, requirements, design, development, testing, installation and maintenance) defined to accomplish the task of developing a software application that is functionally correct and satisfies the user’s needs. These set of processes, when arranged in different orders, characterize different types of life cycles. When developing a database, the order of these tasks is very important to efficiently and correctly transform the user’s requirements into an operational database. These SDLCs are generally defined very broadly and are not specific for a particular type of application. In this paper the authors emphasize that there should be a SDLC that is specific to database applications. Database applications do not have the same characteristics as other software applications and thus a specific database development life cycle (DBDLC) is needed. A DBDLC should accommodate properties like scope restriction, progressive enhancement, incremental planning and pre-defined structure.

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  • Pranshu Gupta & Ramon A. Mata-Toledo & Morgan D. Monger, 2011. "Database Development Life Cycle," Romanian Economic Business Review, Romanian-American University, vol. 5(1), pages 8-17, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:rau:journl:v:5:y:2011:i:1:p:8-17

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