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Product details

  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (31 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470385499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470385494
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,109,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beginning Database Design Solutions

Databases play a critical role in the business operations of most organizations; they′re the central repository for critical information on products, customers, suppliers, sales, and a host of other essential information. It′s no wonder that the majority of all business computing involves database applications.

With so much at stake, you′d expect most IT professionals would have a firm understanding of good database design. But in fact most learn through a painful process of trial and error, with predictably poor results.

This book provides readers with proven methods and tools for designing efficient, reliable, and secure databases. Author Rod Stephens explains how a database should be organized to ensure data integrity without sacrificing performance. He shares procedures for designing robust, flexible, and secure databases that provide a solid foundation for all of your database applications. The methods and techniques in this book can be applied to any database environment, including Oracle®, Microsoft Access®, SQL Server®, and MySQL®. You′ll learn the basics of good database design and ultimately discover how to design a real–world database.?

What you will learn from this book

  • How to identify database requirements that meet users′ needs

  • Ways to build data models using a variety of modeling techniques, including entity–relational models, user–interface models, and semantic object models

  • Tips for understanding the different types of databases, including relational databases, flat files, spreadsheets, XML and object databases

  • How to refine and tune the design to improve database performance

  • Techniques for understanding the relationship between good application design and database design

  • Methods for designing flexible and robust databases that can adapt to business change and growth

  • Ways to design for ease of maintenance and support

  • How to avoid common database design mistakes

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone interested in learning to design, build, analyze, and understand databases. No previous experience with databases or programs is required.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

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This book is for the beginner on the topic of planning a database. The author lays the foundation of the design theory, tools such as ER diagramming and provides a detailed case study for a walk through of the concepts. In addition he provides primers on SQL, Security and Basic maintenance tasks. The author's tone was light and informative, aiding in the reading of this. Overall recommended.
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The first thing I liked about this book is the style in which it is written. It is clear and concise, very good examples and splashed with a little humour. It will remain won my bookshelf as a reference until such time it is superceded or updated to encompass the Entity Framework.
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Excellent book but a bit of overkill on some topics. It was very helpfull for my project and I will recommend to fellow DB architects
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another "Beginning Database" Book 20 Dec. 2012
By Scott I. Lawley - Published on Amazon.com
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As far as reading and using introductory database design books, this has not been the first book I've used for self-study. This isn't my first time at the rodeo.

I like this book. My approach to learning about database design has been to read books from various authors and then try to combine the best from everyone. From that viewpoint, the author has been helpful to me. It is as if he had me in mind when he wrote this title. That is to say, he writes about database design as if 6 blind people were holding on to different parts of an elephant and trying to describe it to you. Each person has a different perspective. Then everybody switches places and they repeat. Eventually, everbody gets a more comprehensive idea of what an elephant really is.

Stephens goes step-by-step explaining a particularly complex topic (you know, set theory, predicate logic, etc, blah, blah...) with just enough detail to get you to the next step. Then he turns it around and adds a little more detail here and there. By the time you get to the "Advanced Topics" you have a pretty good idea of what the 'elephant' really is.

I'll tell you what though. I might just read the book again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Precious Gems 14 May 2014
By frdatabase - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm giving a review after reading through the whole book.

This is undoubtedly one of the best books about database design.

The author explains the concepts clearly and in detail. He usually relates the concepts that he is conveying with his vast experience.

And not to mention the good sense of humour that the author is having, which makes learning more fun :)

The more I read the book, the more I discover precious gems hidden in it.

Lastly, the author has a lot of passion about database and programming. He replies e-mails and would try his best to help.

He also have two websites and participates actively in p2p.wrox.com

Thank you
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very Good Book on Database Design, written by a Hands on Expert 24 July 2012
By W. A. Fitzpatrick - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book based on its reviews and was not disappointed at all. It does what it says on the tin; it teaches you how to design and build a database.
Mr. Stephens has plenty of database design experience and this shows in the book. Before reading it I had designed two small databases for commercial use and frankly found it difficult. When finished I was far from sure they were in third normal form. Following his practical methodology the third, much bigger one proved fun and straight forward.
He shows you how a professional does it and his structured bottom up approach gives you both the confidence and knowhow to tackle the job in right way and doing it that way the design just falls out.
There is plenty of good, solid advice in the book. The chapter on database types is well worth reading and remembering. It could save you plenty of trouble one day.
Each chapter has good exercises and most important, comprehensive solutions which do help in clarifying and understanding the concepts. I used them extensively.This is really a great feature.
It is a very good book on database design, written by a hands on expert.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 23 Aug. 2011
By Nibbles - Published on Amazon.com
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As far as technical books go, this is my favorite so far. Dare I say it's any easy read? Well, not completely easy, it is technical after all. However, I appreciate the common sense and 'take it from the beginning' approach. The author has a real interest in the reader actually grasping the material. He uses examples of real world scenarios and humorous references in a way that keeps my mind engaged. I can see how to relate the world outside to a database. The material and flow of the book has helped me to develop an understanding of creating a database from scratch from thought forms all the way to an actual finished database. For me, it has been a great book to begin with.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners. 10 Nov. 2016
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As a developer for many years, including using databases, I had hoped for more details -- but I don't think I am the intended audience. Great book for someone just getting started.
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