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ISBN-13: 978-0321822949 ISBN-10: 0321822943 Edition: 2nd
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Editorial Reviews


“I’ve forgotten how many times I’ve recommended this book to people. It’s well written, to the point, and covers the topics that you need to know to become an effective DBA.”

Scott Ambler, Thought Leader, Agile Data Method

“This is a well-written, well-organized guide to the practice of database administration. Unlike other books on general database theory or relational database theory, this book focuses more directly on the theory and reality of database administration as practiced by database professionals today, and does so without catering too much to any specific product implementation. As such, Database Administration is very well suited to anyone interested in surveying the job of a DBA or those in similar but more specific roles such as data modeler or database performance analyst.”

Sal Ricciardi, Program Manager, Microsoft

“One of Craig’s hallmarks is his ability to write in a clear, easy-to-read fashion. The main purpose of any technical book is to transfer information from writer to reader, and Craig has done an excellent job. He wants the reader to learn—and it shows.”

Chris Foot, Manager, Remote DBA Experts and Oracle ACE

“A complete and comprehensive listing of tasks and responsibilities for DBAs, ranging from creating the database environment to data warehouse administration, and everything in between.”

Mike Tarrani, Computer Consultant

“I think every business manager and every IT manager should have a copy of this book.”

Dan Hotka, Independent Consultant and Oracle ACE

“This book by Craig Mullins is wonderfully insightful and truly important. Mullins describes the role and duties of data administrators and database administrators in modern organizations with remarkable insight and clarity.”

Michael Tozer, Author and former U.S. Navy officer

About the Author

Craig S. Mullins is president and principal consultant of Mullins Consulting, a leading data and database management consultancy. Mullins has more than thirty years of experience in all facets of database administration and development, in industries ranging from manufacturing and finance to education and research. He covered database administration as research director for Gartner Group and authored DB2 Developer’s Guide, Sixth Edition, the number-one guide to DB2 for z/OS. Mullins publishes The Database Site ( and presents at industry events worldwide. IBM named him Information Management Champion for his work in the DB2 community.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 936 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 2 edition (October 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321822943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321822949
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ben on October 28, 2012
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This book is a high level overview of the job responsibilities of a DBA. A DBA may work on many different tasks with an organizations data and have many different responsibilities across organizations. This book covers everything that you might be asked to do as a DBA, where ever you may be working. The book is vendor independent which is nice because that gives you an understanding of concepts and work flow that are not tied to a specific product. Craig S. Mullins tells us that the book can be a class text book or a reference book or a guide book for educating management as to the job role of a DBA. There are also many other books referenced throughout the book which offers direction to readers, should you want a more in depth understanding of a concept. So as an introductory text on the job of a DBA this book will fit the bill, but remember it is a high over view of the responsibilities of a DBA so you will have to augment this text with others and with product specific information/ texts. Either way as a student of Library and Information Science I am very pleased with the book. It's also easy to read if you take a mature approach to studying, very clear text and layout, no color pictures, thin paper so be careful with turning pages and drinks that might spill! I just got the book, it was just published, so I have not read much, but flipping through it I can tell that the reader will get a very good foundational understanding of what a DBA does. And wouldn't you know that is what kind of book I was looking for.
SO thank you Mr. Mullins for this awesome book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 18, 2013
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I use this book ( 1st edition for last 2 years and 2nd edition just a month ago) for my Undergraduate ( BSc in IT ) and Masters , MSC in ISM , program. An excellent book to be used as a Text book for any Computer science Database Administration Courses.

In the second Edition , which took nearly 10 years from the 1st edition,
includes an entirely new chapter on the DBA's role in regulatory compliance.

This is new stuff , for last 10 years... which covers new material on data breaches, auditing, encryption, retention, and metadata management.
But , the old edition a still a good Text fo any DBA , courses..
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