Database set up

Hello experts.
I need help to setup a part of my database.
I want to store the features of vechicles with main and subcategories and after that show for each vechile-category (car, truck,trailer...) there features.
I m using mysql and coldfusion server language.
Any help?
an example-tree  is below:
screen shot of excel
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PanosAsked:
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Olaf DoschkeConnect With a Mentor Software DeveloperCommented:
Well, that's like Product Categories and Products. If you build a tree of categories, the products sort in as leaf nodes in this tree, they belong to the tree, if you like, but they are products and not product categories.

Likewise you have a list of features (=products) and feature categories (=product categories). It is good practice to keep these separate.

Bye, Olaf.

Edit: A littel fix on my propose TFeatures table:
id, name, featurecategoryid

So a feature should be assigned to some featurecategory on the outmost leaf levels of categories. It thereby also is a feature in the category of parent and parentparent featurecategories, etc.

So eg the feature "Front Parking Sensor" is a feature of the Featurecategoiy Parking Sensors. Parking Sensors are an Interior Feature (according to your tree). I'd not consider "Front Parking Sensors" a feature category, as there are no further categories like Left and Right Front Parking Sensors, you can assign this feature to a certain make/model of a specific sensor, therefore it's a feature and not a feature category anymore.

You might only think of the concrete sensors and other devices/modules to be at the leafe nodes of this feature tree, that may also work.
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Olaf DoschkeConnect With a Mentor Software DeveloperCommented:
I assume you look for ideas on how to model this?

First criticism: If you enumerate "no climatization", you'd also need "no On-board computer", "no CD player", etc. leave that out, if a vehicle has no climatisation a record of that feature will simply not be added.

The schema should avoid features excluding each other, eg a car either has automatic or manual aircondition, but sensors are not excluding cameras and you might have front, rear, or both cemeras. So actually there is not much exclusion.

You'd need a list of features with feature categorization, so there is a categorization tree, which mainly is about interior/exterior and then different system categories like parking system, multimedia, navigation. The leaf nodes are not categories, they are the core features.


TFeatures
id, name, featurecategory

TFeaturecategories
id, name, parentcategory (NULL for root categories)

TVehicleFeatures
id, vehicleid, Featureid

Bye, Olaf.
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PanosAuthor Commented:
Hi.
Thank you for your post.
Can you please explain your last line:
The leaf nodes are not categories, they are the core features
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PanosAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much
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PanosAuthor Commented:
Thank you
Regards
Panos
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