Monday, April 15, 2013

Database Systems: A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation and Management, 5th edition, Thomas M. Connolly

A detailed instruction guide to designing databases, The authors give you and understanding of the main foundations and structure of of databases.

It is a very nice read if you are interested in the structure and functions of relational database.

If you need to buy this book for a class, you're going to need another book. This text is very comprehensive, but does not describe concepts well. When the author defines terms, he often uses the same term or a variation of it in the explanation. Not a good teaching strategy, but that's just me. I was surprised this book was written by a Scot. I expected better explanations from the "English-Speaking Peoples."

It has a great section on SQL code and other basic and advanced information. I am using it as a textbook for my one class.

Everything you could ever want to know about Databases here. I need this book for a graduate class in DB and it was a good reference. The writing is clear and the book explains concepts well.

This book was a required textbook for a graduate database class I was taking. Having spent the last 20 years in industry working with various database systems, this class was mostly review, and the textbook was needed to do assignments.

I find the book to be a poor reference, and not worth owning. One of the things the instructor liked about the book was the extensive case study type problems. This was obviously due to the disconnect between the fantasy world of academia and the reality of industry. I found the case study problems to be poorly contrived and artificial, and at times stupid and needlessly ambiguous. Confusing matters further at times was the difference between the authors use of British terms, phrases, and concepts in the problem descriptions with no explanation or disambiguation. Overall organization of the book is also odd, which left our instructor skipping backward and forward through chapters out of order and at times presenting two chapters simultaneously.

The book is huge and most of it is not worth reading, which makes it even more of a pain to have to lug it around for the few bits that you do need for class. It seems to be a favorite of professors, which is probably why it is in its 5th edition, but that doesn't mean it is any good.

I find the explanations in the book hard to follow. Sometime the explanations refer to a table or diagram chapter(s) away and talk about it as if it was just a page flip away (ex:chapter 17 refer to a diagram in chapter 13). Explanation to some examples or topics are are minimal (ex: chapter 8).

The book was pretty easy to read through. The class was boring as heck though. Its a recommended book for people actually interested in working with databases.

This is a must have reference book, there is all about databases, may be could avoid reference MS Access but well apears to be mandatory.

i bought this because it is a required text for one of the classes i am taking in school. hitherto, the book content is good plus the print quality makes it better. i like it.

This book is the fifth edition. It has 34 chapters, over 1000 pages. The theoretical foundation is clearly presented. Using Oracle architecture to explain the concept is excellent. Coverages on Security and Administration, Distributed DBMS, Mobile Databases, SQL 2008, Java, XML are all good.
I recommend this book to all database professionals.

Product Details :
Paperback: 1400 pages
Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 5 edition (March 6, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0321523067
ISBN-13: 978-0321523068
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches

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