# What Is Normalization?

What is normaliztion?

Normalization is the process of arranging and managing data. There are basically three forms which are quite sufficient to arrange and manage data

Below are the 3 normal forms,

1st Normal Form

Table is in first normal form when each column has single value.

Consider below table

Tblproduct

 Productid Name Color Supplier mobilenumber qty Per unit price price P001 Prod1 Red Supplier1 123456789 1 10 10 P002 Prod2 Red,Blue Supplier2 986789123 1 10 10 P003 Prod3 Red,green Supplier1 123456789 1 10 10

tblproduct will be considered in first normal form when every column in table has single value

Please have a look at column named color where you can find multiple values for the same column. In order to make this table in 1st normal form we have to separate that column value as below

Tblproduct

 Productid Name Color Supplier qty Per unit price price mobilenumber P001 Prod1 Red Supplier1 1 10 10 123456789 P002 Prod2 Red Supplier2 1 10 10 986789123 P002 Prod2 Blue Supplier2 1 10 10 986789123 P003 Prod3 Red Supplier1 2 10 20 123456789 P003 Prod3 Green Supplier1 3 10 30 123456789

Now tblproduct is in first normal form.

Second Normal form

Table can be said to be in 2nd normal form when it satisfies condition/rules of first normal form. And every column in table should be dependant on primary key of table. Below is second normal form of tblproduct.

Now we are going to divide tblproduct into 3 different entities

tblproduct

 Productid Name Supplierid Qty Per unit price price mobilenumber P001 Prod1 1 1 10 10 123456789 P002 Prod2 2 1 10 10 986789123 P003 Prod3 1 1 10 10 123456789

tblcolor

 Colorid Name 1 Red 2 Blue 3 Green

tblsupplier

 Supplierid Name 1 Supplier1 2 Supplier1

Below is a mapping table for color of products.

tblproductcolormapping

 ProductId Colorid P001 1 P002 1 P002 2 P003 3 P003 1

Third Normal Form

Table is said to be in 3rd Normal form when it is in compliance with all the rules of second normal form.

And there should not be a column which is directly dependant on non-key field .

By looking at tblproduct, we can see mobile number is not related to product and price is also dependant on qty and per unit price column so we need to remove these dependancies. Price is calculative column so we can calculate it on the fly by multiplying qty and per unit price. The structure of tables will be like below if tblproduct is in 3rd normal form

 Productid Name Supplierid qty Per unit price P001 Prod1 1 1 10 P002 Prod2 2 1 10 P003 Prod3 1 1 10
 Colorid Name 1 Red 2 Blue 3 Green
 Supplierid Name mobilenumber 1 Supplier1 123456789 2 Supplier1 986789123

Below is a mapping table for color of products.

 ProductId colorid P001 1 P002 1 P002 2 P003 3 P003 1