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Inside Relational Databases with Examples in Access

Inside Relational Databases with Examples in Access [Kindle Edition]

Mark Whitehorn , Bill Marklyn
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Reviews from the first edition of Inside Relational Databases:
"Quite simply - superb. By making relational databases understandable, Mark Whitehorn and Bill Marklyn have achieved far more than most. Making the subject interesting and entertaining as well puts these two authors firmly in a class of their own."
- Neil Fawcett, Group Technical Editor, VNU Business Publications
"PCW and contributor Mark Whitehorn is that rare combination - an expert in his field, databases, and a fine writer too, with a talent for honing a complex subject down to its essentials."
- Tamsin Todd, Computer & Internet Editor,
"Inside Relational Databases is excellent. It is clearly and concisely written and full of humorous asides which ease the reader through an otherwise weighty topic. Probably the most engaging technical book I have read."
- Paul McGowan

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The first two editions of Inside Relational Databases have both been best sellers. These new editions will also cover the relational database model but will use different engines to illustrate the model. In doing so, readers will be able to apply the model using their preferred database engine. Initially three versions are planned starting with Access, SQL Server and my SQL. The books show just how simple and useful databases can be. No prior knowledge is required i.e. real world examples show how to manage data efficiently. A significant amount of new material is included in the core of the book and particular emphasis is given to showing how to make a database run faster and more efficiently.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4195 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Springer London; 1 edition (6 April 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017U0F0C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #516,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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you can tell from the off that the writers of this "journey into databases" are passionate about their subject. Indeed going to bed to dream about databases is the extreme regarding anything you care deeply enough to write a book on the subject. The book in itself is very easy to read and puts the basic ideas and concepts into language which anyone who is interested can understand. The writing style is jovial and the use of copious examples on cd rom is a boon for burgeoning database planners and designers. the book was a pleasure to read and is a great reference book for trainers like myself. Well done Mark and Bill (not Gates!! read the book to understand)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent intro to relational databases 8 Mar 2004
From the outside relational databases appear to be a rather abstract and difficult subject. This book shows just how simple and useful databases can be. It assumes no existing knowledge and uses real world examples to demonstrate how to manage data efficiently. Finally, the book explains the really powerful part of relational databases - normalization, joins and finally SQL. IMO, a really good book. Good companion books are "Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 minutes" and "Programming the Network with Perl" by Paul Barry.
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I bought this book years ago and recently rediscovered it after moving house. The information in this book still holds true although needs an update. So I contacted one of the authors Mark Whitehorn and he told me that they are just finishing an updated version. If you can't wait get it anyway as it is still a very good and informative book. It taught me everything you need to know to get going in RMDBS management.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical database course using Access 21 Jun 2007
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You will probably not see another database book like this. The style of writing is chatty and informal and the emphasis is practical with many examples using Microsoft Access. The authors cover the most important concepts to do with relational database in a fun and exploratory way. I feel this would be a good text-book for a first course in database in a college where the main DBMS is Microsoft Access. My only gripe is that there is very little use of SQL until you reach the end of the book, the authors preferring to use graphical queries (QBE).
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Whitehorn & Marklyn have produced what is probably the ideal kick-start to anyone wishing to work with relational databases. It presents all basic information in an easy to understand format, and presumes no previous knowledge. If your aim is to work with RDBMS's, but you don't know anything about them you could do a lot worse than to start here.
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