- 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 (Wrox Programmer to Programmer) Paperback – 31 Oct 2008
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From the Back Cover
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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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.
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
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.
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