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Fundamentals of Database Systems: United States Edition Hardcover – 28 August 2003
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- Language : English
- Hardcover : 1009 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0321122267
- ISBN-13 : 978-0321122261
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Not the greatest book12 December 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
Firstly I purchased this book as it was the recommended text book in a Database class I took in college. What I did not like about the book is that it assumed that Databases will always be relational. At the time, we started to see Document and Graph databases. The title of this book is "Database Systems" and not "Relational Database Systems". Also the concepts described have been communicated in a much simpler way before. Not the greatest fan.
Comprehensive, but with Errors23 February 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
Overall, this is a wonderful book for learning how databases work. It doesn't cover the code for all modern database wonders, but hits most of them. Best of all, it provides psuedo code showing how to implement your own methods. However, I did find errors with some of the code, in particular the sorted-merge join algorithm will miss records if the right-hand-side table has multiple matching fields. It was easy to correct, but a mistake on such a fundamental algorithm is hard to overlook. Worst, Pearson doesn't provide an easy-to-find errata site, so I couldn't report the bug or even see if there were others. Addison-wesley never had that problem. Reading this book will make any DBMS make sense under the hood. Finally, I take point away for wordiness. This books is overcomplicated and wordy and doesn't make itself useful to beginning developers. This book tries to be a history book and reference all in one and it can be overwhelming, even to someone who's written his own DBMS before. Half of the chapters seem like unnecessary chatter, just to take up some more pages to rake up the price . . . and what a price!
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Great Resource! :)22 January 2010 - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent and thorough analysis of database processes involving transactions, concurrency control, security and covers relational tables, object-relational databases as well as object oriented technology. There is a thorough overview of UML as well as ER design tools. It is a tough read and covers a lot of material and is very theoretical but practical. Relational algebra and calculus are covered thoroughly. This is recommended for an advanced database course as it's coverage of SQL is coarse and cursory. Instead this book is intended more for a behind the scenes analysis of database technology. An excellent database course as a prerequisite for using this book would use Mannino's Database Design, Application, Development and Administration. Mannino's book has an excellent coverage of SQL and its applications.
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Not very useful30 November 2002 - Published on Amazon.com
This book was a required textbook for my graduate database course. The theory that was presented was accurate, but was unnecessarily bogged bown with mathmatical representations of even the basic concepts and some material was somewhat dated. More real-world examples of the concepts would have been useful. I don't recommend buying this book unless it is required for a course - there are many other database-oriented resources available that would be more readable.