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Database Management Systems
Database Management Systems provides comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of the fundamentals of database systems. Coherent explanations and practical examples have made this one of the leading texts in the field. The third edition continues in this tradition, enhancing it with more practical material. The new edition has been reorganized to allow more flexibility in the ...more
Hardcover, Third Edition, 1104 pages
Published August 14th 2002 by McGraw-Hill
(first published August 21st 1997)
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I never thought I'd enjoy learned about databases so much, let alone from a 900-page book. My only criticism is that the acronyms and abbreviations Ramakrishnan uses often usually hurt more than they help. BCNF, FD, IC? Sure, whatever. But expecting me to decrypt "SNLRWH" into the schema "sailor_id, name, ..."--actually I can't remember what "LNRWH" were supposed to be. Nor can I find where it was originally defined. Definitely made it hard to read.
Tough one for me. My professor in a graduate course made this optional as a supplement to class lecture. We didn't often connect the topics and he often used different techniques to teach logical operations concept. I did work through many of the exercises in Chapter 5 diligently to practice lots of SQL - database content on supporting website was very useful.
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