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Database System Concepts Hardcover – January 27, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0073523323 ISBN-10: 0073523321 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1376 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 6 edition (January 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073523321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073523323
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Abraham Silberschatz (Ph.D. the State University of New York at Stony Brook) is a Professor of Computer Science at Yale University. Prior to joining Yale, he was the Vice President of the Information Sciences Research Center at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. Prior to that, he held a chaired professorship in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include operating systems, database systems, real-time systems, storage systems, network management, and distributed systems. Prof. Silberschatz is an ACM Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. He received the 2002 IEEE Taylor L. Booth Education Award, the 1998 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, the 1997 ACM SIGMOD Contribution Award, and the IEEE Computer Society Outstanding Paper award. He is an author of the textbook Operating System Concepts. Henry F. Korth (Ph.D. Princeton University) is Weiseman Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Lehigh University. Before joining Lehigh, he was Director of Database Principles Research at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. His research interests include XML data management, web-based data, main-memory database systems, real-time systems, parallel systems and other topics. Before joining Bell Laboratories, Prof. Korth was a Vice President of Panasonic Technologies and Director of the Matsushita Information Technology Laboratory. Prior to that, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Research Staff Member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. Prof. Korth is an ACM Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. S. Sudarshan (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison) is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Prior to joining IIT Bombay, he was a Member of Technical Staff in the Database Research Group at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. Prof. Sudarshan is an author of over 60 papers in different areas of database systems, and holds 13 patents. His current research interests include query processing and optimization, authorization, and keyword querying of databases. In addition to being the architect of several software systems dealing with database internals, he has also been responsible for building and maintaining a variety of database applications used in IIT Bombay. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A student on May 26, 2010
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This book is a requirement for a course that I am taking. The book is riddled with errors. You can randomly open any page from the book- and you will find typos and confusing text. On some pages, the powerpoint slides for the book do not even match with the text of the book. This is the sixth edition of this textbook. I consider it inexcusable that the book has hundreds of typos even after being published for more than ten years. As another reviewer pointed out, the additional material that is needed for the book -like SQL schemas- do not even exist in the book's website- contrary to what the book claims. Anybody who is considering this book should think twice. Please get it from the library - go through the book for a week to see what I mean- and dump the book for any book that should be better than this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kyle on January 26, 2014
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This is a great book. Most of the reviewers complaining about the errors obviously don't read carefully becuase the authors explain they use standard SQL, not ORACLE SQL. This means some conventions are different (which really are a google search away to see). If you need a boot just to learn oracle SQL, don't buy this. If you want to learn about how to build a database, this is one of the best books on the market.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anil on July 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book was the recommended book for database course in my university.
The content is very lucid and in-depth. The book doesn't focus on any particular database system like MySQL or Oracle but rather covers large set of theory and implementation aspects of databases. The book is well structured. Many reviews said the book has many errors, I don't agree with them as having read > 1/2 the book - there are no glaring mistakes - atleast my class didn't find any.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Wilson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 26, 2014
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This book is not terrible but not great either. The explanations in the book sometimes are not clear and leave a lot to be desired. The excerises certainly test your knowledge and learning of the material. The concepts covered are useful but the book is not clear enough in a lot of cases.

The website the book mentions I dont think could be any worse. It really would not be that hard to setup the databases or at least the schemas on a website or include a CD or a download to help take care of this. This makes the book a little more useless due to the fact the website is horrid.

I would avoid this book unless you are required to use it for a class.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ryan J. on April 28, 2010
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There are more errors in this text book than in any other text book that I have ever seen. In addition to frequency, some are huge, gaping errors in diagrams and equations that completely confuse the subject. Along with this, there is supplemental content that is mentioned in the text as being available on the website that does not even exist (at least at the time of this writing) and the content that is actually available has the quality of being produced during a weekend of absinthe binging. The quality of this text is totally unacceptable for a 6th edition and even more so considering the exorbitant price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vaibhav munagala on March 19, 2014
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Book is very good. Database concepts are very well explained. If you are a beginner, then go ahead with this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ProgrammingPlumber on May 10, 2013
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I had this book for 2 concurrent Database courses and wished I had not even bought it. I could have learned everything from using the Internet. I would not recommend buying it, unless your instructor makes it a requirement.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lysha moyo on July 25, 2014
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This book is a rambling mess. It is not for beginners at all. Some chapters are too confusing and difficult to understand. It is waste of money.
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