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This is an extraordinarily academic book. In his preface, C.J. Date goes so far as to lament having to use Structured Query Language (SQL) in some of his examples because it's "so far from being a true embodiment of relational principles." What's more, he writes in a very academic style, peppering his heavily footnoted prose with mathematical expressions and words like relevar and tuple. The academic style and highbrow language isn't a bad thing, since this book deals with complicated, largely abstract phenomena in depth.
Be aware that An Introduction to Database Systems is a far cry from the highly graphical, problem-focused books that target the community of commercial database developers, and as such requires more careful study. This book is about theories, concepts, and ideals rather than problems, solutions, and specific implementations. Per se, it will enable you to become a better database programmer--but only if you supplement it with practical guides and hands-on experience. --David Wall
Of the several books i have refered to on DBMS (including the one by Silbershatz), I found C J Date's book most helpful. Read morePublished on March 26, 2003 by Dhanu
This book introduces the fundamentals of database systems by emphasizing the relational data model, and that a database is really "a collection of true .. propositions". Read morePublished on December 18, 2002 by Gary Sprandel
This book clearly explains how relational DB systems are designed and gives a solid foundation for you to do anything in the DBMS field! Read morePublished on November 9, 2002 by Andrei Cojocaru
This book is an introduction to database systems as seen from the application developer. It covers the basics of databases (most importantly the relational databases), SQL (and... Read morePublished on October 27, 2002 by Jacob Marner
Perhaps the most interesting fact about this text is the angle that it comes from - and that angle is clearly a scientific one. Read morePublished on October 17, 2002 by Steve McKinlay
This book is the worst piece of swill I have some across in awhile. There is absolutely no editing by anyone whom has any knowledge of the english language. Read morePublished on February 8, 2002
This book demands re-reading and bears it well. It has been very satisfying to see the progress of CJ Date's thinking since the third edition. Read morePublished on January 24, 2002 by p church
I had spent months and tried very hard to understand this book but failed. I thought I was too dumb till one day I learnt everything I need from one chapter of another book by... Read morePublished on October 14, 2001
In our courses we need a mix of theorical and practical approaches. I found this book to be excellent in academic environments, as well for any person looking for the formal basis... Read morePublished on July 4, 2001 by Carlos