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Concepts of Database Management [Paperback]

Philip J. Pratt , Joseph J. Adamski
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June 14, 2011 1111825912 978-1111825911 7
CONCEPTS OF DATABASE MANAGEMENT fits perfectly into any introductory database course for information systems, business or CIS programs. This concise text teaches SQL in a database-neutral environment with all major topics being covered, including E-R diagrams, normalization, and database design. Now in its seventh edition, CONCEPTS OF DATABASE MANAGEMENT prepares students for success in their field using real-world cases addressing current issues such as database design, data integrity, concurrent updates, and data security. Special features include detailed coverage of the relational model (including QBE and SQL), normalization and views, database design, database administration and management, and more. Advanced topics covered include distributed databases, data warehouses, stored procedures, triggers, data macros, and Web databases.

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1. Introduction to Database Management. 2. The Relational Model 1: Introduction, QBE, and Relational Algebra. 3. The Relational Model 2: SQL. 4. The Relational Model 3: Advanced Topics. 5. Database Design 1: Normalization. 6. Database Design 2: Design Method. 7. DBMS Functions. 8. Database Administration. 9. Database Management Approaches. Appendix A: Comprehensive Design Example: Marvel College. Appendix B: SQL Reference. Appendix C: "How Do I" Reference. Appendix D: Answers to Odd-Numbered Review Questions. Appendix E: Using Access to Create and Publish a Web Database. Appendix F: Determining Information-Level Requirements.

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Updated and new exercises in each chapter and a new case study reinforce the concepts. New appendices describe the purpose and syntax of the major SQL commands used in the book. A concise approach to database management that covers fundamental material in nine chapters and several appendices. A comprehensive discussion of database design includes normalization, E-R diagrams, numerous database design examples, and trade-off discussions. Extensive coverage of SQL with design examples to illustrate key concepts. Advanced topics such as concurrency issues, distributed databases, and data warehouses are included. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 7 edition (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111825912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111825911
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Provides a good overview of database design/management February 24, 1999
I have used this book for the past 3 years in an undergraduate database design course. The book addresses the major issues associated with database design without obscuring topics with a lot of the underlying math/relational algebra details. The book serves well as a backdrop for the course material. Its use of MS Access for examples works well for the typical database designer/user. 'Hardcore' database students/professors/developers would probably want a more detailed treatment of the subject.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I taught this book at university.... September 5, 2007
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If you need a book for certification, this isn't is so much more than that.

This was the consensus choice of the faculty for the database foundations class when I taught information systems at university.

Of late, when I interview entry level database developers, I can tell whether or not they used this book or a recent version when they started to study database design. If they did not, they lack a comprehensive knowledge of the field. Those with the various certifications know enough about their specific application, but frequently, they can't figure out problems that haven't been covered by the certification training. Their conceptual knowledge rarely expands beyond their chosen application.

If you want a solid conceptual foundation of database design...this is your book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well-written database book January 4, 2009
I used this book as a text for my Database Systems course. It's well written in plain English and easy to understand as opposed to many of the textbooks that I've used thus far. It uses easy to grasp examples, and helped me to understand concepts that were previously elusive to me from when I first tried to learn database as an undergrad student. A great book for someone trying to understand the fundamentals of database operation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, miserable Kindle edition February 21, 2012
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The book is fairly decent and to the point about management of databases, but the Kindle version of this book has such impossible to read low-res images of the database tables that it can get infuriatingly frustrating at times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concepts of Database Management May 15, 2008
By Connie
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This is an excellent book so far. I taught myself by reading it and the book
was very readable. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get familiar
with database systems. I think it is a top notch book even for a beginner because I get A+ as a final grade for my course Database Systems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but dull March 20, 2009
By J
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Not a book that will "make learning fun" but it's a thorough introduction to terminology and concepts with lots of examples of MS Access Queries, SQL statements, design normalization, and more advanced topics. Charts, charts, charts on nearly every page, useful stuff but still, kinda boring.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book September 8, 2005
This product is great for beginners or people who have experience in Access. The explanation for how to do certain things is excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK, but... February 19, 2013
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Digital books are super handy, but maybe not for this textbook. The real book isn't very big, but this one has page numbers in the thousands (muliple "pages" per page), which made it difficult to track where you were, especially when real page numbers are referenced in class. Also, the textbook doesn't really give good descriptions on how to do things - you have to depend on the graphics, which were also not very good. I tried expanding them, which would have been an awesome feature had the graphics been higher quality, but the graphics were of such poor quality that expanding them just made them blurry. That's a big disadvantage. I don't mind some digital textbooks, but this is definitely is not one of them. Should have bought the real thing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a college course.
Purchased for a Database Management course. I'm halfway through the course and the book seems to have good examples and breakdowns of the concepts. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rachel Day
2.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been Better
Not a captivating read though I thought I was interested in how databases worked (perhaps not regardless of the book). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bradenski
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
The book is clear and concise. I ordered this for a class I'm taking, otherwise I wouldn't have bought it.
Published 7 months ago by Frederick A. Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to databases
This is an introductory database book, which is very clearly written and gives good examples. It could provide a good brush-up for experienced database people, and provides an... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Math Student
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC...
I really like the book and because I'm using it and it really helps. My school require it for my Database course.
Published 9 months ago by Jose A. Regalado
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I ordered this for a class and it came on time and was in perfect condition. I wouldn't change anything at all!
Published 10 months ago by Rick Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Class and Reference
I bought this for my databases class, but I find myself going back to it in the workplace! The writing is clean and to the point so its easy to look up what you need.
Published 11 months ago by AMOwens
3.0 out of 5 stars lacking slightly
this was required along with A guide to SQL in my DB class. It however was literally word for word a reprint of that book in some areas but this book left out some of the concepts... Read more
Published 12 months ago by togegawa
3.0 out of 5 stars Lied to me
My book was alot more damaged than they explained. They told me the book was "like new" but when I received my book it look like the book had been used for years...
Published 17 months ago by Travis Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Textbook for class
The book gave plenty of examples and opportunities for the student to learn the material. The platform was limited, but that's not the book's fault.
Published 17 months ago by A. Rockwell
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