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As a developer, what is a good way to learning database tables layouts? There are multiple db, tables and views. What should I focus on first?
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I just started my new job. There are many tables, views and store procedures. I just a need good good way to approach them.

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I am using Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio for 2008r2
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Hi,

If in a MS shop, grab a copy of Viso and create a diagram or two per database and print it out. Viso can "reverse engineer" a database and show the relation between tables based on the foreign key attributes etc.

Once you get that then take a look at a small sample of whats in the table. ie select top 100 * from dbo.sometable order by newid()

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