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Database Systems: The Complete Book Second Edition

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Hector Garcia-Molina, Jeffrey D. Ullman, and Jennifer Widom, well-known computer scientists at Stanford University, have written an introduction to database systems with a comprehensive approach. The first half of the book provides in-depth coverage of databases from the point of view of the database designer, user, and application programmer. It covers the latest

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Emil
Jan 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read all kinds of negative reviews about this book.
Most of them refer to it as boring; poorly written; too teoretical, so
I was skeptical about reading the book, but I had to as it is the book used in my university course in database systems.

The way I see it here are the strong and weak sides of the book.
(I've only read it half through).

Strong sides:
1) The best thing in the book is that the information in structured in small sections and it is easy to find information on a certain subject.
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Zeyuan Hu
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cs
This book is by far the best database book I have ever read. It gives detailed explanation in a top-down approach in every part of database system. However, it is not perfect because the book focuses on theoretical perspective but lack of practical implementation pointer. But, I like this book better than the cow book, which filled with typos and ill-printed pages.
Jeffrey Milloy
databases are boring. that's a huge reason the book got few stars from me, so keep that in mind. in its favor are a few key features. it certainly is complete. the theoretical aspects of database design, sql and the practice of implementing a database schema, concurrency control, and the more general task of large information management - all of these are included and more. and in fact, the chapters and sections are divided into adequately (although maybe overly) small bite size pieces made for ...more
Jeff Jia
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good reference book for database.
Timothy Culp
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: computer-science
After reading this book, I never want to ever see boyce codd normal form again. But important concepts, even today.
Jessica
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It made more sense than the professor.
Samantha
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I found this book the most helpful when reading it and then looking over the Stanford videos that one of the authors did online. The videos make the book clearer.
Anoopjohnson
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read, cs
A great book. Some of the things are outdated or could be taken away, but most of the content is very relevant and explained well. I wish there were more exercises and the solutions were available.
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