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#1 Underwhelmed

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 01:46 AM

Okay, here's the problem :thumbsup:, I'm trying to build a course manager and one of the requirements is the ability for prerequisites. The problem I am having is that I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get the relationships correct when there can be a NAND & XOR relationship between multiple courses.

For example, I have 5 courses, MATH101, MATH201, MATH312, HIST412, CSCI320.
  • MATH101 has no prereq's
  • MATH201 has MATH101 as prereq
  • MATH312 has no prereq's
  • HIST412 has no prereq's
  • CSCI320 has (MATH201 AND MATH312) OR (HIST412) as prereq's
So how can I get the CSCI320 Course prereq's? :flowers:

How could this be stored in a database? There could be multiple courses within each AND along with multiple instances of the XOR. I'm pretty stumped as to how to store this.

Here's something that I found on it, but he didn't truely answer the question.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Databases/Q_11195336.html

If anyone has any ideas, I would appreciate it.

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