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An Introduction to Database Systems Paperback – 22 Jul 2003

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 2004
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The mere fact that this book is in its 8th edition tells you it is a standard work in the field. I have had several previous editions sitting on my desk during the last 20 years, and it is the first and last place I ever need to look for answers.
Unlike any other IT/programming specialty, database management has a coherent body of theory underpinning it. Database design and programming can (in principle) aspire to real scientific and engineering rigour. Date's books, and this book in particular, are an authoritative (albeit demanding) introduction to the indispensible theory and mathematics of the field. Without that knowledge any self-described practitioner could rightly be called a "dabbler" or even a "cowboy", or worse. (I make a very good living cleaning up after such people.)
The title of this book has occasionally led a naive buyer to think it will provide a quick "brain dump" of recipes for using whatever is the currently fashionable product-du-jour. It will not do that. Instead it will prepare you for a satisfying career that could occupy you for lifetime. Not too many books can claim that.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Kimber on 19 April 2006
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This book is really great.

I purchased it to go along with an rBDMS undergraduate course at University as it was the recommended text. It's easy to see why!

The book is well structured and contains everthing to do with database systems from the logic behind rDBMS systems, to SQL and the failings with SQL.

The only problem with the book is that it can be a bit difficult to read in places if you're not that "into" databases. Although, if you're not into databases, why would you be buying a book on Database Systems!
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This booked is full of valuable information for anyone that wants to get under the bonnet of database systems. It contains some very good chapters on third normal form data modelling. It will also provide you with a very good theoretical underpinning of RDBMS systems. Although its title includes the word 'Introduction' it's not an easy read and contains comprehensive and in-depth information including some mathematical theory.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. F. Hagon on 4 Jan. 2008
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If you're looking for a book that get will get you up to speed with using databases quickly this isn't it. You need to wade through several chapters before you have even have the basics grasped and there is no 'tutorial' chapter as such. The text is cluttered with reiterations of the same facts at a level of detail entirely inappropriate for an introductory book.

More seriously, coverage of SQL is relegated to final subsections of chapters rather than being directly next to the theory, which would aid those learning SQL. Although, as the author points out, no current SQL implementations are true relational database systems, SQL is still the de facto industry standard so this style is counter-productive. Instead, the author's own Tutorial D language is used throughout. Even worse, Tutorial D is explicitly chosen over the more common mathematical notation for the Relational Algebra and Predicate Calculus, obfuscating the simplicity of the relational model, especially for mathematicians.

Overall the style of language comes across as rambling and ranting. On the plus side, if you have the time to look, all the information is there and there are many good references to the literature.
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