Database Tracking

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What exactly does database tracking refer to? My web search came up empty
 
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Usually it means that the database is set up to keep a log of who and when any data is entered, changed or deleted.

Most database development software offers some level of automated tracking. Some of these are harder to use and some are easier to use. Sometimes, the database developer will opt to write his own tracking code and will set up code and tables in the DB to log when transactions occur, and who performed them.

We once put tracking code in a DB because the users weren't very savy and kept making mistakes, then when the output wasn't what they expected they would report an error in the DB code. We instituted tracking so we could tell whether there really was a code error or simply an user data input error.

Tracking can also used to monitor data entry accuracy and speed and to discourage and trace the entry of fradulent transactions.

Tracking is also used to resolve the transactions between a master database and distributed database replicants.
 
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