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5.0 out of 5 stars The book rocks!
It is a very good book for readers who have no prior knowledge of databases. The writers have arranged the chapters in a very systematic manner that enables you to gradually get a grasp of the subject. In fact the book would also prove good for readers who may have worked on DBMS softwares but not really knowing the "theory of databases". Excellent book for...
Published on 26 Nov. 1998

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1.0 out of 5 stars hard going as student text book
Though this contains a good overview of database systems it is an extreamly complex and hard-to-read book. I studied 3 modules of learning about database systems while I was at university and the lecturer for every single one recommended this book.
If your looking for a book with a lot of clear diagrams and information on databases thats straight-to-the-point this...
Published on 8 Feb. 2005 by Neil Stevens


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book rocks!, 26 Nov. 1998
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It is a very good book for readers who have no prior knowledge of databases. The writers have arranged the chapters in a very systematic manner that enables you to gradually get a grasp of the subject. In fact the book would also prove good for readers who may have worked on DBMS softwares but not really knowing the "theory of databases". Excellent book for developing your database concepts - concepts that go a long way. A perfect book to be used as a text book in schools. The section on "Design Techniques" is something you would find yourself refering back to even when you're implementing real world systems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, practical theory., 11 Sept. 1998
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I originally purchased this book for a class in database design. It's one of the few books I go back to. It has a lot of theory and depending if you are looking for something purely practical it may not be the best choice. But if you want to learn the reasons behind the rules or like having as much detail as you want then this is a great book. I have designed databases with it as my primary reference. I think every serious data modeler should have read it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars hard going as student text book, 8 Feb. 2005
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Though this contains a good overview of database systems it is an extreamly complex and hard-to-read book. I studied 3 modules of learning about database systems while I was at university and the lecturer for every single one recommended this book.
If your looking for a book with a lot of clear diagrams and information on databases thats straight-to-the-point this isn't the book for you. A much better introduction to databases is "Database Systems: A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation and Management (International Computer Science S.)
Carolyn Begg, Thomas Connolly".
Whenever I read any part of this book it would make me more confused about the topic than I was already. If your a student and your considering buying this book I would definatly recommend getting it out your library first and seeing if you like the writing style before spending all that money on it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good condition, 31 July 2010
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Received in good condition and also very swiftly.
The book itself is written in a not so reader friendly way and
to me it felt like the book used a bit too many technical words, and I might add unnecessarily.
I have consulted other books on database and one of them is springer's database management.
This other book was enough technical for me to get an A in my exams but easy to understand.
I would recommend the seller highly.
If you are buying this book and if you feel like moving slowly through the pages the I would
recommend that you get another book immediately with this one, one that talks to you. Also, check out the Apress's Mathematics for Database. This is one fine book and reading that book before reading a database book or along with it is highly recommended. You will really feel the commanding position it puts you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For newbee's a very fundamentaly sound book, 23 Jan. 1999
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For the beginers a very good book. It gives a high level database architecture of relational database. Good examples to follow the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must if you want to design a database, 5 Oct. 2000
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A very nice book, clear and with nice examples. It's not so simple but gives you the basic and advanced concepts that a person need to design and implement a database. It is easyier to learn and understand the book if you implement the database after yo've designed it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of knowledge, but sometimes to abstract, 18 Feb. 1999
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As a student just started studying computer science, and knowing nothing about relational databases, I think that the author use to much mathematics to explain simple relations between tables and records and fields in a table.
I would not recommend it to a total newcomer to relational databases. The author should have focused more on making the concepts easier to grasp for the students. In my opinion there are to much university school book theory, and to little focus on providing the reader with down-to-earth tools, to make it more suitable as a working tool in the real life.
However after a more down-to-earth introduction with a book as, for instance, Database Design for Mere Mortals by Hernandez (doesn't include SQL though), I would certainly recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, 15 Oct. 2014
Not much of a read...need this for Uni....but wud put it back on amazon after use...thnks
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Textbook - OK but dull and not always practical., 5 Dec. 2005
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Some useful information but poor presentation and a dull read.
Basically just another database textbook with nothing in particular to recommend it. Quite a lot of information about doing strange mathematical things with fuctional dependencies - academically justifiable activities but of dubious real job utility. Finally it's just too expensive.
Unless this is required reading on your course I'd leave well enough alone.
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