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Database Systems: A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation and Management (International Computer Science Series) Paperback – 21 Aug 2001

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 Database Systems: A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation, and Management  Third Edition  Thomas Connolly and Carolyn Begg

Database Systems

practical, hands-on approach makes it uniquely suited to providing a strong foundation in good database design practice. A clear introduction to design, implementation and management issues, as well as an extensive treatment of database languages and standards, make this book an indispensable complete reference for database students and professionals alike. The new edition of this bestseller brings it up to date with the latest developments in database technology and builds on the clear, accessible approach that contributed to the success of previous editions.

A realistic case study integrated throughout the book enables complex subjects to be explained in the context of one understandable example, while three additional case studies allow readers to work through examples by themselves. Clearly stated chapter objectives and summaries guide the reader, highlighted key definitions and numerous worked examples illustrate the concepts, and review questions and exercises reinforce the material covered in each chapter.

Features

    • Database design methodology is explicitly divided into three phases: conceptual, logical, and physical. Each phase is described in a separate chapter with an example of the methodology working in practice.  

    • Extensive treatment of SQL in three tutorial style chapters.  

    • Comprehensive treatment of distributed, object-oriented, and object-relational DBMSs.  

    • Comprehensive introduction to data warehousing, OLAP, and data mining.  

    • Extensive treatment of the Web as an emerging platform for database applications with many code samples for accessing databases from the Web including JDBC, SQLJ, ASP, JSP, and Oracle s PSP.  

    New! For the third edition

      • Use of UML notation for ER diagrams.  

      • New chapter on the relational algebra and relational calculus.  

      • New chapter on fact-finding techniques as a step before where the methodology begins.  

      • New chapter on Access and Oracle DBMSs, illustrating the difference between the two systems. Many of the subsequent chapters discuss how these systems implement the topics being covered.  

      • New chapter on semistructured data, its relationship to XML, and query languages for XML.  

      • New chapter on data warehouse design using dimensionality modeling.  

      • Introduction of colour to highlight the text where necessary and improve navigation through the book.  

      • Additional Web resources at www.booksites.net, such as full implementation of the case studies, and lab notes for Access and Oracle.  

      Both Thomas Connolly and Carolyn Begg have experience of database design in industry, and now apply this in their teaching and research at the University of Paisley in Scotland. Thomas Connolly has significant industrial experience, and was a designer of RAPPORT, the world s first commercial portable DBMS, and of the LIFESPAN configuration management tool a winner of the British Design Award. He has recently launched a couple of eBusiness companies from the University. Carolyn Begg specialises in the application of database systems in biological research.

      About the Author

      Both Thomas Connolly and Carolyn Begg have experience of database design in industry, and now apply this in their teaching and research at the University of Paisley in Scotland. Thomas Connolly has significant industrial experience, and was a designer of RAPPORT, the world’s first commercial portable DBMS, and of the LIFESPAN configuration management tool - a winner of the British Design Award. He has recently launched a couple of eBusiness companies from the University. Carolyn Begg specialises in the application of database systems in biological research.

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      17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Sandhu on 26 Jun. 2003
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      This book was the recommended title for my second year university SQL module. I used it a s a complete newbie to SQL and found it incredibly helpful both at a basic descriptional level as well as at advanced level as I progressed. Focus is well split between essential coceptual/logical design, normalisation etc as well as actual code syntax. Absolutely essential reference for anyone using or considering using SQL (includes DBMS specific instructions too for MS Access and Oracle for example as well).
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      10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Sept. 1999
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      Generally an excellent text-book. It doesn't quite carry the clout or precision of C. J Dates book on database systems, but it is far more practical. Not only are the explanations simpler, but there are more practical examples. Also because it is a newer book it is a little more up-to date. The fact that it includes examples in ACCESS as well is an added bonus for teachers and students who have no choice but to use ACCESS.
      Certainly the best text for students at the HNC/HND level.
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      6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Nov. 1998
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      Comprehensive - that is the first word that comes to my mind after reading the book Database Systems: A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation and Management. If you are in search of a book that will help you in mastering the subject of Database Management Systems this is it. The coverage is exhaustive and in-depth. While reading the table of contents and preface, I thought that the authors were very ambitious in the scope and are promising too much. But after reading the book, I am glad to say that I was mistaken - the authors have very successfully delivered whatever they have promised and more.
      The book is ideal for a student of database management systems. It is also a valuable book for the practicing professional. In fact the people, who are in the database profession, who uses databases or develop applications involving database management systems, will find this book invaluable and will be able to appreciate it much more than a beginner. It is a connoisseur's delight.
      The authors assume nothing. Each and every concept is built from scratch. The level of detail is so impressive that one can think this book as a collection of books of various database-related topics. For example, the section on SQL is so comprehensive that, it can stand on its own as a separate book. Such detailed coverage is found for all the topics in the book and is one of its best features. The case studies, worked examples and the presentation style, the concepts in boxes, excellent illustration, review questions, etc. will go a long way in improving the usefulness of the book.
      Another feature that makes this book stand out form other books on database management, is its coverage of the latest technologies.
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      3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sept. 1998
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      I really enjoyed giving a course based on this book. It is thorough and covers the full range of topics about databases, from design to issues about implementation and tuning. This book is not only good as course material, but also because it is excellent as a reference book, with many guidelines and lists on how to perform things, again from design to implementation.
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      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. J. HAWKEN on 2 Oct. 2008
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      I first used this book alot (second edition) when I had to teach a course to HNC and HND students at South East Essex college in 1999. It it the main book I used to put together my notes

      Generally an excellent text-book. It doesn't quite carry the clout or precision of C. J Dates book on database systems, but it is far more practical. Not only are the explanations simpler, but there are more practical examples. Also because it is a newer book it is a little more up-to date. The fact that it includes examples in ACCESS as well is an added bonus for teachers and students who have no choice but to use ACCESS.

      Certainly the best text for students at the HNC/HND level.
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      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 July 1999
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      This book will teach you everything you need to know about databases from start to finish. The SQL sections have everything from the basics to more advanced queries. You really get more bang for your buck with this book!
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      10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 2001
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      I first came accross this text when undertaking my degree and I must confess I was a little put off by the size. However upon beginning the text I found it very concise where many texts quickly pass over a topic expecting you to grasp key concepts first time. I felt normalisation was handled wonderfully with a different( and insightful) approach. My only criticism is that the ER modelling only covered the conventional flow chart style of rect.'s for entities and diamonds for relationships, with such in-depth coverage elsewhere I expected the popular (and productive) crow foot notation, this however is still a minor complaint. To summise: a book for those that wish a complete and detailed understanding of database systems. I congratulate the author's.
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      5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martin Willcox on 24 July 2000
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      Database Systems is an excellent reference text. The breadth and depth of this book are stunning, as is the writing which is commendably clear.
      I have only one complaint about this book. It is with the Entity Relationship Diagrams, which don't use the (superior, in my opinion) "crow's foot" notation but the "diamond notation." This is certainly not an aid to reabability and as I have never come across this notation outside of academia I cannot understand why the authors chose to adopt it. A minor quibble, however.
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