Transaction Processing: Concepts and Techniques (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems) Hardcover – 30 Sep 1992
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For those on the MTS/MSMQ path, this book was highly recommended by Don Box (rightly, he is in AWE of its content!). Though there are simpler books on just MTS/MSMQ, if you really want to know what is going on under the covers and about the kinds of models and motives behind these products then read this book (Dr Gray works at Microsoft).
If you are new to TP and approaching MTS programming for the first time then DO NOT buy this book yet, start with a basic MTS/MSMQ book(there are plenty to choose from) THEN buy the excellent book by Bernstein(Principles of Transaction Processing) to become a guru THEN buy this book to become enlightened!
Working on a hot new RAID box? Parts of this book will help. How about a file/record/object system? Yup. In either case, more complete references exist (and you'll need them), but the point is that this book really does cover data management from the disk on up in a useful degree of detail.
On the other hand, if you're implementing a transaction manager, this book is both necessary and likely sufficient. Read it first to get started in the right directions, and revisit specific areas as you code - a casual comment is easy to forget if you read it before you fully appreciate its context. The authors acknowledge that there are neat tricks not covered (because they would obscure the core material) that you'd likely want to incorporate once you're sure you really understand their impact, but all the framework, and much of the detail, is included.
Bottom line: If your interest in data management is truly intense, you need this book - it should remain current for quite some time.
Crucial reading for all concerned with high-end E-Business solutions.
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Buyers should note the quality of the new printing. It is cheap, but legible. I've found no formatting errors, but the ink bleeds badly in contact with moisture.
In particular, this book covers the following topics in more depth than the newer boom cited above:
- Fault tolerance and availability, both topics are covered in depth from hardware and software perspectives. This is unique for a book on transaction processing in that most books on the subject confine their scope to software and databases.
- A wide and complete survey of transaction models. True, some of this material is about models that are falling into disuse, but the value is the way the authors go deeply into the mechanics. I've always felt that this part of the book is the most valuable because the principles can be refactored into hybrid models. Moreover, comparing this material with the newer book by Weikum and Vossen shows that these principles are still employed in today's TP solutions.
Material about transaction processing monitors is obviously out of date, but, like the TP models, the principles still apply to contemporary systems. My recommendation is if you are going to buy a single book on the topic get the Weikum and Vossen I cited in the first paragraph. However, if your budget allows, I also highly recommend this book as well because of the depth in which fault tolerance and TP models are covered. If you want to just learn the basics of TP I recommend that you consider "Principles of Transaction Processing" by Philip A. Bernstein and Eric Newcomer because it is less daunting than this or the Weikum and Vossen book (both of which are 1100+ pages).
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