- Hardcover: 720 pages
- Publisher: South-Western College Publishing; 10th Revised edition edition (23 Dec. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1111969604
- ISBN-13: 978-1111969608
- Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 22.1 x 3 cm
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Database Systems Design Implementation Management Hardcover – 23 Dec 2011
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-Datasets--rightfully available for free on the textbook's companion site
-Appendices--which should be available for free on the textbook's companion site.
That's it. No powerpoints, no quizzes, definitely no e-version of the book.
This book is broken into very logical parts, and has a nice amount of "chunking" of information, with call-outs and plenty of diagrams. Props to the graphic designer. It covers a lot of material and tries to give as solid base of understanding for future database developers. It also includes a glossary in the back.
The text in the book left something to be desired. New terms would be defined using other new terms, forcing the reader to figure out 2 new terms at once. The book also would start to explain a concept, and then say that it was going to explain the concept further in later chapters over and over. I think the writers are very knowledgeable about what they are talking about, but would have done well to have a great technical writer help them convey that knowledge. Personally, I had to reread sections over and over trying to figure out exactly what the author meant. Eventually, I ended up going and looking up terms on Wikipedia to get a second explanation.
Overall, I think this book might be good if you have lectures or other resources in a class to help you understand databases. But on its own, this book has trouble getting all of its messages across clearly.
Speaking of relevancy, the authors do make mention of NoSQL in the first chapter but then proceed to ignore it. You won't find any discussions in this book about MongoDB or Cassandra and I'm not sure I ever saw MySQL mentioned either (so don't look for a discussion on sharding). The authors are under the mistaken impression that DAO and RDO are viable even though Microsoft doesn't. One can also not help but to get the distinct impression that they feel AS400's are lurking everywhere and tend to compare everything to mainframes as a basis for discussion. The book does tackle data warehousing but you could probably learn the same lightweight material from a 'Dummies' book.
Unless you are forced to buy this book by the dinosaurs (or MBAs) running your computer science department you should consider avoiding this terrible book at all costs. I doubt that it would even be sold, much less be able to demand the price it does, if it wasn't used as a textbook by out-of-touch academics.
Overall, you'll learn a lot, but you'll be exhausted by many of the chapters. A few chapters are around 50 pages and take at least two hours each to read. It's not an easy read, and it helps if you already have a basic understanding of databases and what they do.