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3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat bloated and over-priced introduction to SQL design, 20 May 2001
This review is from: Professional SQL Server 2000 Database Design (Programmer to Programmer) (Paperback)
I wanted to like this book .. but frankly gave up half way through it. The author's "chatty" style grates and there is so much padding in this book that it belies the claim that Wrox write books free of bloat. Design is a difficult subject of course but the author's constant "I'm not a programmer and don't pretend to be one" asides meant it was hard to work up any enthusiasm for the author's viewpoint. In the world of DNA applications one needs to understand correct design and why it's a really BAD idea to let your DBA design your application (he'll want everything written in T-SQL and to hell with scalability and separation of business logic)... one got the idea that the author while being totally honest just doesn't understand enough about what developers do to offer the best advice on design! While his enthusiasm for modelling is encouraging, the fact that he avoids the industry standard Rational Rose and concentrates on IDE1FX puts one off further...
It's not a bad book and some will like the endlessly chatty style, but I think one of the slimmer and cheaper UML modelling books from Addison-Wesley's "three amigos" series would be a much better buy and more appropriate to the enterprise or professional developer too.
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