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A Database text that all beginning students can use

At some point in business―or for a personal project...

You will need more than just a spreadsheet to do your job

You will want to run detailed reports

You will need to understand how to use one of many database programs

Are you ready?

With Database Concepts, by David M. Kronke, you will be.

You will learn:

Fundamentals of the relational model
Structured Query Language (SQL)
Data modeling
Database design
Database administration do your job well.

Learn it here,

with Database Concepts, by David M. Kroenke
For further exploration and reinforcement.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

David M. Kroenke is one of the pioneers of database technology In 1971, while working at the Pentagon, he programmed one of the world's first database management system (DBMS) products. In 1974 Grace Hopper appointed him to the CODAYSL EUF committee, and in 1977 he worked as ,a consultant for Fred Brooks at IBM. Kroenke helped to start the Microrim Corporation, where he led the development of the R:base family of DBMS products. In a 1991 article, Wayne Ratliff credited one of Kroenke's textbooks for giving him the idea for the development of d:base. In 1989 Kroenke consulted Microsoft on the project that led to the development of Microsoft Access. He is also the father of the semantic object model, a data model that many believe is superior to the entity-relationship model.

Kroenke is the author of five computer textbooks; his text Database Processing was first published in 1977 and is currently in its eighth edition. In 1990 and 1991 he was the Hanson Professor of Management Science at the University of Washington. In that same year the International Association for Computer Information Systems named him Computer Educator of the Year. He holds a B.S. in economics from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.S. in management science from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University where he studied linear models under Franklin Graybill.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
This book fills a crucial gap 25 Jun. 2005
By jasonlovesjazz - Published on
Format: Paperback
So you know how to use your database software, but do you know how to design a good database?

I got lucky when I found this book. I'd been building a database myself after taking a class on MS Access at my local community college. MS Access is so easy to use that I was comfortable and confident. I'd built many related tables and built several queries, forms and reports. No problems. Everything was working fine.

But with each element I added, I got less confident about the DESIGN of my ever-growing database. It was working fine, but were the tables and relationships optimal? As it grew more complex, was I going to make a mistake? Or find a fundamental flaw in my early assumptions? Classes and tutorials on database programs cover design concepts so briefly because they need to cover a lot of details about how to use the program. This book does the exact opposite. It glosses over how to use your software and focuses on design concepts. In the preface, the author says:

"This book does not assume that any particular DBMS [database management system] product will be used [... so ...] all of the concepts are presented in a DBMS-agnostic manner. When learned this way, students come to understand that the fundamentals pertain to any database [...]"

This is why it's shorter than some reviewers seem to think it should be. It isn't "too short." It's "focused." There are plenty of other books that cover the other stuff. This book is clear, concise and accessible. I'm glad it didn't go into more technical details.

It focuses on database fundamentals, design and administration by explaining what each of the following concepts mean and why they're so important: the relational model, normalization, functional dependencies, data modeling, entity-relation model, client-server model, DBA, concurrency control, security, backup and recovery, and even a bit about SQL (the computer language behind your DBMS). You can skip the SQL chapter if you want. I did.

Final word: This book is a quick read and easy to understand. It is a bit pricey, but if it fills a crucial gap in your knowledge, like it did for me, it's well worth the price.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Great introductory book, horrible price 9 Mar. 2005
By A. Taylor - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is by far the best introductory database book I have ever read or used.


It is written in very clear English.

It covers the basics of database design very well.

It is not overly technical.

One of the best treatments of normalization I have ever seen.

The exercises at the end of each chapter are well thought out.


The book cost way too much ($60) for an introductory textbook.

The use of the term "theme" was changed to "topic" in the 2nd edition. The editing was faulty and the book only defines topic but used both theme and topic. Not a big deal if you used the first edition and know they mean the same thing but it is confusing to students when the book uses the terms interchangably without defining theme.

This is not a reference for database programmers. If you already understand ERD's and normalization don't buy this book it is meant to be an introduction to database basics not a shelf reference.

I like that the does not cover a lot of history. If you want to know a lot about Codd and the evolution of the different normal forms this is not the book for you. If you want a good introduction to databases for a non-technical class this is the best book you will find in my opinion.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Disorganized and Inconvenient 8 Aug. 2011
By Tyler T. Vidricksen - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book has useful information in it, but, as a learning and reference tool, it is very poorly structured. If you know absolutely nothing about databases and plan on completing all the end of chapter exercises from chapter 1 until the very last chapter, then this book is worth 3 stars (average at best). However, if you are taking a college course which doesn't follow this linear structure and have the need to jump around the textbook to complete your homework, this book is a nightmare. It is a nightmare because all of the end of chapter exercises require that you have a partially built Access 2010 or SQL Server database from a previous chapters' exercise. So if you need to learn a specific topic from a specific chapter, you are required to have completed nearly every chapter exercise prior to the lesson of interest. (In case you are wondering, no there aren't online resources which allow you download the needed exercise files).

As I use this book, I consistently find myself being frustrated with how much time I am wasting in order to just begin my homework assignments. Until an edition of this textbook develops a modular, standalone chapter structure, avoid it.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Needs work on MS Access and problem clarification 11 Aug. 2007
By Sound Doctrine - Published on
Format: Paperback
Does mention that some SQL queries do not work with Microsoft Access although it does not go into how to handle the SQL queries in Access.

Also some of the homework problems are not very clearly worded and we had to get some clarification from the instructor because the questions could be interpreted several different ways leading to different results.

It was a good book although it does need some rewriting and revision in the next edition. It also should have more on using MS Access instead of just mentioning that the particular query does not work with Access.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good information, bad presentation 17 Feb. 2013
By Ken - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I had to get this book for class, and it wasn't my first choice. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the writing style and depth of information. However, the font is too small and the screenshots are especially too small. That makes it unnecessarily hard to read, and also makes concentration on learning the content more difficult. In these days of electronic books with adjustable font size, not having that option is unacceptable. Even having a PDF of the pages that was not searchable would be an improvement. However, the ideal platform would be that of a Kindle.
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