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Database System Concepts [Paperback]

Henry F. Korth , Abraham Silberschatz
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1 Dec 2001
The Fourth edition of Database System Concepts has been extensively revised from the 3rd edition. The new edition provides improved coverage of concepts, extensive coverage of new tools and techniques, and updated coverage of database system internals.

This text is intended for a first course in databases at the junior or senior undergraduate, or first-year graduate level. Database System Concepts, 4th ed. offers a complete background in the basics of database design, languages, and system implementations.

Concepts are presented using intuitive descriptions, and important theoretical results are covered, but formal proofs are omitted. The fundamental concepts and algorithms covered in Database System Concepts 4th ed. are based on those used in existing commercial or experimental database systems. The authors present these concepts and algorithms in a general setting that is not tied to one particular database system.

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  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (ISE Editions); 4th International student edition edition (1 Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071217622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071217620
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 19 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,266,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silberschatz is Superb. 17 Sep 2005
From some of the final-year, honours-level content of my degree, to presenting database concepts to GCSE and A-Level students, I have found the information, presentation and readability of Silberschatz invaluable.
This is a must-have reference text for any serious student, teacher, lecturer or practitioner in the field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ground Up Knowledge 8 Feb 2004
By Naveen Urs - Published on Amazon.com
I read some of the reviews here. The comments varies from a good book to a worthless one.
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for practicing database programmer 27 Aug 2002
By "saikat_basak" - Published on Amazon.com
I found 4th edition of this book quite informative for a database programmer. It discusses how database works internally. It includes topics on data storage, B Tree, query processing, query optimization, parallel database, distributed database, web databases etc. However, the language should have been more comprehensive. Examples should be more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a lot better if they put more effort 26 Aug 2002
By Freddy Devassy - Published on Amazon.com
providing more detail on certain very important topics like Tuple Relational Calculus and also spend a lot more time going into more detail of creating more complex queries. These are the topics I was really looking forward too. But that being said theres so much information in this book its defiintely worth the price. Also they could simplify the language a bit when talking about complex topics optimization techniques used by the engine and some aspects of file organization.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless 4 Dec 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I've read both this one and "DATABASE SYSTEMS: A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION, AND MANAGEMENT" (Connolly/Begg), and the latter is by far the best. Some ideas that takes a few seconds to grasp Connollys book, took me about a half an hour to grasp in this one (which I noticed when I tried to refresh my memory). The reason is that it is written in a sometimes incredibly difficult and complex way. Why? For no good reason at all, as far as I can see. The descriptions are not any more "rigorous" or "exact", they are just difficult without gaining anything. The ideas are the same.
Avoid it, unless you want to waste you time with a book that makes learning 10 times slower than with a good one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars For a database student... this was BAD!! 3 April 2002
By Patrick J. Felke - Published on Amazon.com
I've never felt compelled to write a review prior to this... in fact, this isn't so much a review as it is a warning: If you are a new student to databases and you see this book as the one your class will be using... RUN and drop the course as fast as you can!!
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?!?
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