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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2012
Poor layout, organization, and flow. Entire work lacks clarity as a textbook for neophyte database students. Surprisingly, the Kindle version only made these issues worse. Using this textbook, particularly the e-version, in conjunction with a detached instructor and use of mySQL instead of a Microsoft product (primary focus product in the text), made this course a nightmare. I'm not alone in my opinion; fully 85% of my class articulated great dislike for this textbook.

If you must use this text for your coursework, avoid the Kindle version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2013
I'm in a class this semester, and we're using this book. I was worried about the bad reviews I saw here before going in.

First of all I'm thrilled this is on Kindle. (one star for book)

If you plan on following any of the exercises, this is the version you want. Data entry is the largest headache of learning a dbms, and if you use a few tricks being able to copy & paste from the book into an editor is a huge time saver. This is what you do. Copy the whole table from the book. Drop it into a editor.

It will be all on a single line, and out of order. Open a spread sheet, and hand copy the first column into the spread sheet by selecting the whole A column. Do the same for the rest of the columns. Once you have all the columns in order select all of the columns, and past them back into your editor. Now you can add your SQL, and run them in the dbms.

Objection (star deducted)

This brings me to my next point. The author/editor needs to decide on one set of data used consistently for the exercises. Now at one point they use SEQuence to auto generate the customer number. I can accept that irregularity. I object to data being used for the same set of exercises going from chapter 4, and then all new data used for the same tables used in chapter 8. (same homework assignment for us)

Book organization, and clarity. (three stars)

Our Professor "uses" this book by skipping around from all over the place, and by the end of the semester we've covered all of the chapters. The exception being 10. This leaves me to believe that the organization is badly laid out for a University environment. Why then is this not reason to deduct stars? Completeness. With a good instructor most of what you need is there for the taking. For that reason alone it's worth 3 stars.

Objections (star deducted)

Any book that has been through 12 editions is bound to accumulate cruft. This book is full of it. The powerpoint slides used in the course have really serious errors. I caught a few this semester, and it's not a new class. Either all new materials should be prepared for 13ed, or a good editing team needs to check everything for accuracy.

That brings me to my next point. In the exercises there are places the book asks for ORDER, or ORDER.something. Well I'm sure at some point in this books history there was a table named ORDER. The problem is that it has not been there for at least 2 editions. Why is this bad? When you're trying to learn new SQL like views, it's a huge time waster to be trying to AS invoice.cid to ORDER.cid that it seems the text is requiring you to do.

Coverage (two stars)

I think it was considerate of the author to give meaningful instruction covering many dbms products. It adds depth to the subject, and help the student see that this technology has many levels of offerings. I chose to switch dbms to PostgreSQL half way through the course. While it's not covered at all in the text. the concepts used in the book lead me to the questions I needed to answer else where.

Summary

You need a good instructor to get the best out of this book. It has many flaws that detract from student learning, but the concepts the author chose to dwell on go a long way toward aiding the student in getting their own answers.

Organization & clarity 3 stars
Coverage 2 stars
data consistency in exercises -1 stars
Mistakes, and Errors -1 stars
Kindle edition 1 star
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on April 17, 2013
The book jumps around to different types of databases. If your using SQL Oracle instead of Access you have to be carefully not to confuse the instructions for each type because the sections are not clearly separated. I've seen better books. I think the book is way overpriced.
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on October 9, 2013
Don't expect too much details about DB processing here. It's an OK text for undergrads or for those who know nothing about databases. Would be nicer if it included ideas about database analysis before it actually starts talking about the design,
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on September 25, 2013
it is difficult to follow the book because the paragraphs here but the pictures illustrating the paragraphs are somewhere else hard to find.
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on January 14, 2015
Some rips, but still usable. I guess I was expecting a cleaner book. But again, still usable. And the savings!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This book has a few mistakes in its material related to spelling, organization, and clarity. One major flaw in this book is that the authors make items more complicated than they should be. You will find yourself pondering what you just read before you come to the realization that the material is much simpler than how they made it out to be. It'd be better if they took a look at how their content is organized and rearrange some of the content, as well as not overstepping what they just said. Bullet points could have been used to make explanations clearer rather than paragraphs using a lot of the same wording in different arrangements.

New edit: Reduced from 3 stars to 1 star due to publisher and/or author paying people to "beef up" their book reviews.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2012
Using the book as required text for a class i'm taking online for my Masters in Engineering management. This book is well written and easy to follow. There is a significant amount of additional online material and sample databases pre-built that allow you to complete and learn from the exercises without having to find your own data or manually enter pages of data.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2015
Even had two old tests and some helpful notes but the best part is the highlighting. I understand the principles but now I look like a genius, and we all know how important it is to look like you know what you're doing. The right tool for the right to slack off. Just sayin. I mean, I'm 52 years old. They want a masters degree, I want to not have to work, amirite? Numbers, Byotch!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2014
The book was in near perfect condition. And the price was way better than all the other prices out there.
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