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Database Systems: A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation and Management (5th Edition) Paperback – March 6, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0321523068 ISBN-10: 0321523067 Edition: 5th

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  • Paperback: 1400 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 5 edition (March 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321523067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321523068
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This best-selling text introduces the theory behind databases in a concise yet comprehensive manner, providing database design methodology that can be used by both technical and non-technical readers. The methodology for relational Database Management Systems is presented in simple, step-by-step instructions in conjunction with a realistic worked example using three explicit phases—conceptual, logical, and physical database design.

Background:Introduction to Databases; Database Environment; Database Architectures and the Web.The Relational Model and Languages:The Relational model; Relational Algebra and Relational Calculus; SQL: Data Manipulation; SQL: Data Definition; Query-By-Example (QBE).Database Analysis and Design:Database System Lifecycle; Database Analysis and theDreamHomeCase Study; Entity-Relationship Modeling; Enhanced Entity-Relationship Modeling; Normalization; Advanced Normalization.Methodology:Methodology—Conceptual Database Design; Methodology—Logical Database Design for Relational Model; Methodology—Physical Database Design for Relational Databases; Methodology—Monitoring and Tuning the Operational System.Selected Database Issues:Security and Administration; Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues; Transaction Management; Query Processing.Distributed DBMSs and Replication:Distributed DBMSs—Concepts and Design; Distributed DBMSs—Advanced Concepts; Replication and Mobile Databases.Object DBMSs:Object-Oriented DBMSs—Concepts and Design; Object-Oriented DBMSs—Standards and Languages; Object-Relational DBMSs.Web and DBMSs:Web Technology and DBMSs; Semistructured Data and XML.Business Intelligence Technologies:Data Warehousing Concepts; Data Warehousing Design; OLAP; Data Mining.Appendices:Users' Requirements Specification forDreamHomeCase Study; Other Case Studies; Alternative Data Modeling Notations; Summary of the Database Design Methodology for Relational Databases; Introduction to Pyrrho—A Liteweight RDBMS.Web Appendices:File Organization and Storage Structures; When Is a DBMS Relational?; Commercial DBMSs: Access and Oracle; Programmatic SQL; Estimating Disk Space Requirements; Introduction to Object-Orientation; Example Web Scripts.

This book is ideal for readers interested in database management or database design.

About the Author

Thomas M. Connolly is the head of the Computing and Information Systems division at the University of Paisley.

Carolyn E. Begg is a lecturer at the University of Paisley, with research interests in Information Systems, Database Management Systems, and Decision Support Systems within medicine.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Donald Hsu on March 20, 2009
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This book is the fifth edition. It has 34 chapters, over 1000 pages. The theoretical foundation is clearly presented. Using Oracle architecture to explain the concept is excellent. Coverages on Security and Administration, Distributed DBMS, Mobile Databases, SQL 2008, Java, XML are all good.
I recommend this book to all database professionals.

The book will be better if Oracle 10g demo version is included.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tara E. Harper on March 9, 2013
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It has a great section on SQL code and other basic and advanced information. I am using it as a textbook for my one class.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Martin on December 13, 2012
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This book was a required textbook for a graduate database class I was taking. Having spent the last 20 years in industry working with various database systems, this class was mostly review, and the textbook was needed to do assignments.

I find the book to be a poor reference, and not worth owning. One of the things the instructor liked about the book was the extensive case study type problems. This was obviously due to the disconnect between the fantasy world of academia and the reality of industry. I found the case study problems to be poorly contrived and artificial, and at times stupid and needlessly ambiguous. Confusing matters further at times was the difference between the authors use of British terms, phrases, and concepts in the problem descriptions with no explanation or disambiguation. Overall organization of the book is also odd, which left our instructor skipping backward and forward through chapters out of order and at times presenting two chapters simultaneously.

The book is huge and most of it is not worth reading, which makes it even more of a pain to have to lug it around for the few bits that you do need for class. It seems to be a favorite of professors, which is probably why it is in its 5th edition, but that doesn't mean it is any good.
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By Jim Millman on March 2, 2014
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This was the right information I was looking for and the best price I could find, saved me a bunch of money...
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By Eric Daza on January 24, 2014
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For school this was a great book. It was a required book and I thought it was going to get stuck in just teaching SQL or how to program in SQL. That was not the case. This teaches you how to think like a database admin, architect, user, .. etc. It covers all aspects you need to know about Databases and plus a little of the database languages out there. Yet its focus was to teach you how a and what a database and how to set one up and keep it functional.
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A very good book for conceptual courses. Goes over DB concepts heavily such as normalization, UML mapping, entity-relationship mapping. However, I found it to be way too long and lacking in real world DBA/DB architect information. All in all, a great book to introduce new students to the "concepts and ideas" of databases but don't expect to gain any practical knowledge that can be used in the field.
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By Marco Siliezar on October 26, 2013
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Book covers good material, but doesn't provide enough examples. I don't agree that it can be used as a reference since many online articles exist out there that cover the same topics.
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