Date Added: Dec 2010
People who develop, test and maintain information systems often have to inspect the content of databases to make sure that data have been stored correctly or to find errors in the data. The most popular RDBMS and specialised database management tools usually offer single-table browsing. Sometimes SQL requests will be required before the necessary view of multiple tables can be ensured. This paper offers simple principles for inspection and traversing of databases, which may serve as a framework for the establishment of more effective tools for the visual inspection of database content. Browsing and traversing are based on the ER model of a database.