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Fundamentals of Database Systems

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  887 ratings  ·  41 reviews
This edition combines clear explanations of database theory and design with up-to-date coverage of models and real systems. It features excellent examples and access to Addison Wesley's database Web site that includes further teaching, tutorials and many useful student resources. ...more
Hardcover, Fifth Edition, 1139 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Addison Wesley Publishing Company (first published 1989)
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Nawal Al-Qussyer
Sep 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
اعشق هالكتاب..
درسته في لفل ٥
مع دكتورة منى بن عيسى
كان من احسن الكورسات وكانت المحاضرة من امتع المحاضرات وكنت ما اغيب فيها ولا احب اغيب
واسلم الشيتات كاملة واختباراتي كانت شي يجنن
وكنت اشرح للكل من كثر ماحبيت المادة
الكتاب ممتاز جدا جدا جدا
الاسلوب واااضح ومباشر ومافي اي تعقيد حتي اللي انجليزيته مش ولا بد بيقدر يمشي نفسه لو كان فاهم في مصطلحات الكمبويتر بشكل عام
الكتاب حجم ثقيل لكنه يستاهل.. برضو سعر كثير لكنه مرجع
كنا نرجع له كثير في الواجبات ونلاقي تفسيرات رائعة وشرح حلو
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Apr 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Read select sections. The writing is tedious. It is not very readable. Reader has to spend a lot of time cross-referencing illustrations with text. Spends a lot of time on formalism and examples but doesn't do a very good job contextualizing or motivating the content.

The textbook suffers from feature creep. There are 7 editions and they probably could have stopped after the first. Many of the paragraphs feel like "updates" and reading continuity suffers as a result. Feels like a money grab. If
Andrew Obrigewitsch
I'm reading this for my intro to database management class. This book shouldn't be anywhere near an intro course. Maybe somewhere after the second course, it would be fine. Instead of explaining the basic concepts first and building up. It hits one with super detailed descriptions down to the most minute detail, which for a beginner does nothing as most of the time you don't even know what the book is referring to, and get tired of looking up references to completely unnecessary technical ideas. ...more
Alejandro Teruel
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: computación
I read the first edition of this book in the early 1990s and was blown away by its simple and clear explanations compared to other textbooks of the time (Date, Wiederhold). I very much appreciated its treatment of EER (chapters 3, 15, 16).

Since then I have dipped into more recent editions from time to time and always found it worthwhile.
Arvydas Sidorenko
A *very* dry theory on databases containing no practical information whatsoever. It helped me to ace relational algebra and database theory exam, but for anything else I wouldn't recommend it for anyone. ...more
Jun 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-science
I hope I never have to crack this book ever again.
Eric Phetteplace
Jul 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lis-web
Textbook for LIS490DB Introduction to Databases

Really poor textbook. Repeatedly framed things in set theory, which is unnecessary and probably only served to confuse non-mathematics majors, also failed to demonstrate good naming practices in database examples. I basically stopped reading the textbook and started using online materials and lecture slides instead. The Wikipedia articles on databases are far superior to this monstrosity. I did use the book as a reference guide a few times and will
Aug 04, 2013 added it
well, this book is great for those who wants to master database=P
CD Athuraliya
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything you need to know about databases in simple terms.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just awful. Difficult to read and understand. Written as though you are either a mathematician or computer technician. As someone who is used to working in the front end of databases and trying to learn the back-house operations, this book was useless. I read some of the sections to a person who works in database systems, he didn’t understand what the book was saying either. The chapters were also out of order: if you the chapters numerically, you first build a database, then you diagram it base ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved database and i needed to read the book
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Ahmed Abd El-Hamid
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the best books that covers all the basics of Database Systems .. It contains in-depth knowledge and is definitely worth reading if you want to improve your knowledge in Databases
Gate Stats
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ангел Томов
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A little bit old approaches, but the book gives very good fundamentals for those who haven't got a clue of how database systems are administered/created/supported and many more! ...more
Christopher Nyam
Mar 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
My mistake, I have never read this book, please
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read for CS6400 - Database Systems Concepts and Design for Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Read for CS6400 - Database Systems Concepts and Design for Georgia Institute of Technology.
Adil Raja
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recently had a chance to read the sixth edition of this book (I wonder where I can find an entry for that particular edition so that I could have written a review for that explicitly). This is a brilliant book. It takes the reader from ground up, without assuming any prior knowledge of the subject domain. The authors start off with general descriptions of database systems, their history, and evolution, and gradually introduce the relevant topics. Treatment of relational algebra, basic SQL, dat ...more
Will Vasconcelos
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book covers a lot of ground in database concepts and techniques. However, by the time I read this edition, the seventh edition was already up with some important updates on concepts such as object oriented databases, hadoop and more.
Quite extensive, giving a pretty complete picture of Database Systems that is useful also in a professional context. But it has a lot of glaring errors and way too much filler text. It also loves to repeats itself. A more concise and focused version would be nice.
Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Reviewed if only to reinforce one of the core and common texts that underpin what is fast becoming a fractured and divergent field. One day we will mourn the passing of the relational database, but for now, this is a staple read for any in the field.
Sep 11, 2009 is currently reading it
good and comprehensive introduction into Database Systems
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박은정 Park
Feb 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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이 놈의 번역서들!
Rana Atilli
Feb 28, 2012 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I study this book and I hope to understand it. This subject is difficult but previous reviews made ​​me feel it enjoyable

Bushra GM
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This Book Is Just a great and so easy to Understand , It has a lot Of sad Memories to me , But I survive in The Database Course with it After God Willing , I will keep it Forever :)
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Dr. Elmasri is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Elmasri received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt, in 1972. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science at Stanford University in 1980.

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