The mechanics of creating a table are relatively straight forward. Being able to design a well thought out database that will scale to meet the needs of a large scale enterprise is a very challenging undertaking. In these examples we will be working through development of a fairly simple three table database. In doing so we will get to cover a good deal of the development basics for creating tables and indexes.
CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS person ( num INT(11) NOT NULL DEFAULT 0 , firstname VARCHAR(20) NULL , gender_code CHAR(1) NULL , birth_dttm DATETIME NULL , inactive_date DATETIME NULL , lastname VARCHAR(30) NULL , PRIMARY KEY (num) ) ENGINE = MYISAM GO
CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS phone ( person_num INT(11) NOT NULL DEFAULT 0 , type_code CHAR(3) NOT NULL , area_code CHAR(3) NULL , exchange CHAR(3) NULL , extension CHAR(4) NULL , PRIMARY KEY (person_num, type_code) ) ENGINE = MYISAM GO
CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS address ( person_num INT(11) NOT NULL DEFAULT 0 , type_code CHAR(4) NOT NULL , street1 CHAR(30) NULL , street2 CHAR(30) NULL , city CHAR(30) NULL , state CHAR(2) NULL , postal_code CHAR(10) NULL , PRIMARY KEY (person_num, type_code) ) ENGINE = MYISAM GO
It is possible, though not advised to create a table without a primary key. I will discuss primary keys on a different page yet to be created. It is also possible to set initial default values for a column though none of the columns in our tables were suitable candidates to do this. There are many good primers on creating tables and databases. The purpose of this page is just to show the basic MySQL syntax by example for creating a table. Also, taking the create table for an existing table and using it as a model is also a very good practice and means of learning.