Normalization in MySQL streamlines database organization We’ll touch on one last topic and call it a day with MySQL. The last topic is normalization. What does it mean to normalize a database? Let’s say that you have a table that stores your customers and one of the fields there is customer_type, such as direct or distributor, those two words are going to be entered thousands of times unnecessarily. Why not have a separate table for them and just specify which number they represent? For example, if id of 1 is set to distributor, then if we look at a customer’s customer_type and see that the value is set to 1, then we’ll