- Hardcover: 840 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 4 edition (October 30, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0072554819
- ISBN-13: 978-0072554816
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,682,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Database Systems Concepts with Oracle CD 4th Edition
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If you can only read math (or prefer that everything in life is described purely in equation form), this is the best book on the market!
This book was nothing but frustration for me: index is woefully inadequate (I gave up trying to look up terms that I'd learned earlier in the book when it came time to refresh my memory of them); examples were very unorganized (my book was filled with page markers trying to keep track of database relations, attributes, etc in order to try and follow example reasoning... the few times such reasoning was given.)
I tried supplementing the text with the web site that is available but became even more frustrated trying to wade through book material as well as related material from the web site (Why not put all that material from the website into the book?!?)
There is so much wrong with this book that I'm getting angry just thinking about it! This is a prime example of one of the things wrong with our education system... people can charge outlandish prices for textbooks but they are completely unaccountable their product. I was suprised to see this was a 4th edition... usually by this go round things have been spiffed up a bit!!
Sorry this is not a very concise review but all I can really say is don't buy it... don't take a class that uses it! I'm amazed that some of the previous reviews advocated it?!?
If you are really interested in making a career out of databases, then this is a book you got to read. An analogy that comes to mind is "You got to have a strong foundation to build a sky craper". This is exactly what this book is. It helps you build a strong foundation.
I got hold of this book when I was in my 4th Semester of my BS in computer science (1994 - 2nd Edition of this book) to clear my Database concepts exam. Ever since, whenever I feel I might not have understood some concept, I go back to this book.
One thing you got to understand is, its not a book that you can just read through and tell people that you have understood the concepts. You need to work the book.
IBM DB2 UDB Certified Specialist.