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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2004

    A sound foundation

    People looking for a cookbook approach or trying to get answers for questions like 'How can I do X in the SQL of product Y?', look further, or better contemplate on your real needs and questions. This book forms a firm, solid foundation for thinking about and working with data. I personally don't regard it as a mere 'Introduction', but as a reference guide on the Relational Model. When you leave the paradigm of SQL behind you, it's easy to follow. You get an understanding of what Database Systems are about and the formal language that makes reasoning about it understandable and less prone to misundertandings. You don't a mere syntax for creating tables. The only nasty thing about it, is that it leaves you with the question 'Why did the industry fail to implement the Relational Model in the decades since its conception?'. Figuring out an answer on a rainy Sunday morning is depressing. In that sence, Ignorance is Bliss, and don't read the book.

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