Modern Database Management [Print Replica] Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0132662253
ISBN-10: 0132662256
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  • File Size: 19205 KB
  • Print Length: 624 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 2 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 11 edition (July 12, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0093K4OT6
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Basically, the information this book contains is rendered inaccessible by the poor presentation.

Remember writing that paper where you needed more length, so you went back and reworded everything to be expressed in a more complicated way? That's this textbook. Sentences are needlessly long, making content more difficult to absorb. Word choices are fluttery and fanciful when they need to be brick-solid. The prose squanders my time and my attention.

Composition is bad. This book consistently names something I've never heard of, talks for a few paragraphs about it as though I know what it is, leads me to believe I've missed something and maybe I should go back and find it, and then finally defines the thing. Additionally, time after time something is brought up and then dismissed as being "beyond the scope of this text" or contained in proper detail in some other, future chapter (your princess is in another castle...).

Images are never anywhere near the point in the text that references them! Reading about figure X-X? Well, figure X-Y is directly adjacent to what you're reading, and X-X is two pages back. For an e-book this is impossible to deal with, and even for a physical copy this would be ridiculous.

And the jokes? Yes, it's got jokes. They aren't good. They aren't funny. They are meant to be a way of keeping the reader engaged, but they fall flat and they take up space I had hoped would contain useful information.

This textbook is awful. It contains mountains of good information, but the writing is so bad as to render the content inaccessible.
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Format: Paperback
This was the required book for a graduate class I was taking and it was awful. I knew very little about database management prior to taking the class, though I have a decent IT background and have done well in all of my other graduate and undergraduate courses. Initially I thought my lack of knowledge was the reason I couldn't follow anything in this book. But as other reviewers have said, the book uses terminology in early chapters that isn't defined until later chapters so what is being discussed in the beginning is not understandable, nor is what then follows. I spent as much,if not more, time perusing the index and glossary to try to get a handle on any of it, and ended up doing alot of online research on my own to "teach myself" what the book was supposedly saying (basically taking a second course on my own to figure out the content.) The book rambles, the wording is obtuse, and the "jokes" are lame. If there is ANY way you can avoid using this book, do it!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I don't like how it's way too expensive!!! The information in the book is not that easy to understand. I found myself having to research more info online.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm a little irritated. When you try to download the Access version for the big Pine Valley Furniture Company it links to the ASCII version. If you replace the file name with BigPVFC11e.zip you will get the file. However the examples in chapter 2 don't actually match what you download. So the queries they show you as an example don't work. You can still play with the tables but for a $200 book you think they would make sure their website is accurate.

The information in the book seems comprehensive.
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I have two big issues. First issue is with content. This has to be one of the hardest technical books I've read. Very very dry, and wordy. You can tell it's the 11th edition... and that they refine it to make it longer. If you have been assigned this book for a class, I'm sorry. If you are looking for a fun book to learn about Database Management, I'd suggest you look else where.

My second issue is with what amazon describes as a compatible device. I can't read this on my Kindle Paperwhite because it is a "Print replica" and this book is also not viewable in the Windows 8 kindle app, only in the WIndows 8 Kindle for PC program. Pretty terrible user experience for a $80 rental.
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Format: Hardcover
If I could give a Zero star I would. This is one of the hardest to read textbooks I had ever used. It uses lots of wordy explanations with terms that haven't been fully explained that refer to diagrams that are not in sync with the text. Often the text refers to diagrams that are a couple pages ahead or behind the text. The problems and exercises, leave one to guess what they are talking about most of the time and it is thoroughly confusing.
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Format: Hardcover
really bad writing.

I read the this book and most of the time, it is VERY HARD to understand.
I don't think the author knows English.
The author prefers to write in a abstract and ambiguous yet long way.
In this way, many concepts are blurred by his wordy description.

For professors, he/she might understand the sentence since they knows, but for students, this is not good at all.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read this cover to cover as a casual database user. Never designed a database in my life or been responsible for database administration. This book provided some good high-level context to me about databases, and reinforced and added to my knowledge about querying databases. The text is a little disjointed (jumping from text to SQL to C to JavaScript just assuming the reader could comprehend the what and why of the code). It's all written for Oracle, so some of the functions simply are irrelevant if you don't use that expensive but powerful system. One last thought. The text is very verbose. Lots of sentences with highlighted keywords and no definitions. Don't try to define a word by using it in a sentence. Too much of the material made me say "huh?? what information was imparted here?" But there are good nuggets buried in the dross.
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