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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (3 Dec. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471052906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471052906
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,150,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Straightforward, No–Nonsense Guide to Building the Most Accurate,Complete, and Useful Data Models Possible. How do I know if my datamodel is accurate? When is a model really complete? Is it possiblefor a model to be both technically perfect and of no use to anorganization, and what can I do to avoid that problem? This bookprovides answers to these and other crucial data modelingquestions. While there are plenty of books that describe thecharacteristics of finished high–quality data models, only The DataModeling Handbook gets down to the nitty–gritty of actuallybuilding one. Packed with real–world examples, annotated diagrams,and a wealth of rules and best practices, this field–tested guideprovides experienced data modelers, architects, and engineers withhands–on guidance from two noted data management experts.
  • The only book offering clear, straightforward rules andguidelines for judging model accuracy and completeness
  • Presents all rules in several notations, including IDEF1X,Martin, Chen, and Finkelstein
  • Compares and contrasts the most popular modeling styles anddemonstrates how great models can be built using any type ofnotation
  • Explains how to use an organization’s plans, policies,objectives, and strategies to build accurate, complete, and usefulmodels
  • Offers detailed guidance to establishing a continuous qualityevaluation program that’s easy to implement and follow
  • Packed with real–world examples and annotated diagramsillustrating each point covered
  • Describes how to use Case tools most effectively to buildhigh–quality models

About the Author

MICHAEL C. REINGRUBER is Technical Leader for the development of the SRA Business Reengineering Methodology. WILLIAM W. GREGORY is Deputy Director of the Business Process Improvement Division of SRA.

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I concur with those comments above, a lot of check lists and common mistakes listed (if you work in a consultancy great or are part of a design review team). I thinks that it is a job well done but is very pricy (I paid almost £70 for it in Dec '97). Why not give it an update and a bit more for the actual designer. How many times do people have to design bog-standard app tables, re-inventing the wheel ? Go the extra mile Michael & William and then you will get the 5 * you deserve. - Kevin O'Hannain
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Excellent! I bought this several years ago and having worked as a data administrator & business modeller have found this very useful for logical data modelling, modelling issues and aspects relating to the quality of data models. So good that when I lost my copy I immediately bought another. If you are looking for a library of data model patterns it's also worth looking at the 'Data Model Resource Book' (ISBN 0-471-15364-8)
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I've used this as the ERD standard book in projects, helping everyone involved to make understandable models. It's great - covers what you need, explains and motivates. If you need to get a team agree on their ERD modelling standards, buy a number of this book and make sure they're using them to guide their model language.
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Don't expect to use this book for anything but producing longdocuments for business meetings. It covers all of the annoying database design from a business prospective very well, so if you are a consultant this might help you fill up billable hours. But if you want to actually do anything with a database buy another book.
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