Database Concepts

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ISBN 10: 0133544621
ISBN 13: 978-0-13354-462-6

Chapter 2 - The Relational Model - Review Questions - Page 107: 2.17


Why are the values of surrogate keys normally hidden from users on forms, queries, and reports? Since the values of a surrogate key are supplied automatically by the DBMS by randomly assigning a number, they have no real meaning to the users. Therefore, they are normally hidden because they would add no value to anything the user would see.

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