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Re: New coloumns

From: "Davis, Sean (NIH/NHGRI)" <sdavis2(at)mail(dot)nih(dot)gov>
To: 'Kumar S ' <ps_postgres(at)yahoo(dot)com>,"'pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org '" <pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: New coloumns
Date: 2004-08-16 18:43:33
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Sorry for not being specific.  Variations of ALTER TABLE will do what you


-----Original Message-----
From: Kumar S
To: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Sent: 8/16/2004 11:27 AM
Subject: Re: [NOVICE] New coloumns

Thank you for your reply Sean. could you let me know
or point me to a place where the SQL commands are
given to add columns to an existing table. 
thank you. 


Sean Davis <sdavis2(at)mail(dot)nih(dot)gov> wrote:Kumar,

While it is possible to add columns to tables, it may
be a better idea to
design your database slightly differently. For
example, if you have a data
associated with project A that gets stored into a
table and there is a
possibility of having projects B and C with data for
the same table, instead
of adding Project B column and Project C column, it
makes more sense to have
a column in the original table design called Project.
In that column, you
store "A", "B", and "C", etc., allowing the table to
grow to any number of
projects. Thus, instead of making extra columns,
simply add a key column
and your database becomes much more general and

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kumar S" 


Sent: Monday, August 16, 2004 8:51 AM
Subject: [NOVICE] New coloumns

> Hello group,
> I am newbie to postgrSQL and also databases. I am
> making a database of proteins. In one table I have 4
> columns.
> Is it possible that after some time, I can create as
> many columns depending on the requirement. if so how
> can I add columns to my table? Is that considered as
> major overhaul of the database.
> Please help.
> Thanks
> best
> Kumar.
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