Database System Concepts 6th Edition

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Abraham Silberschatz. Universidad de Yale

Henry F. Korth. Lehigh University

S. Sudarshan. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) en Bombay
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  • Hardcover: 1376 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 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: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 33 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David J. on March 10, 2008
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This book is very comprehensive in covering all beginner aspects of database concepts. However, there are so many errors in this book I absolutely had to sell it because I couldn't stand keeping such a book. For the fifth edition I was very disappointed. The ERD symbols were incorrect, and there are typos galore. You actually have to know all about databases to actually read past the errors and understand everything. For someone who doesn't know database concepts, this book will only lead you to make errors when you try and apply the practices. I hope 6th edition is much better.
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8 of 9 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anil on July 29, 2014
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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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2 of 2 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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The book's contents are oddly ordered. The coverage of dependent topics is clear and accurate, but there doesn't seem to be any clear rules about what is and is not a reasonable dependent topic to cover. Case in point, it covers types of physical storage, but does not cover drive formatting aside from RAID "At least of what I've seen so far".

While the book does a good job covering relational databases, other types aren't sufficiently covered. For example, XML seems to be an afterthought, with extremely limited coverage. The network and hierarchical models are online only, key-value and document oriented databases are not well covered, and I'm not sure Graph Databases are even mentioned.

Also, while out of scope dependencies are covered, such as RAID, actual database related topics are ignored. For example, there is no dedicated security section.

The coverage of tuple calculus and relational algebra is acceptable.

The actual manufacturing quality is poor of the physical book. Some of the pages have very faded ink.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ryan J. on April 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Wilson 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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