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This book brings together more real-world wisdom about database design than we’ve ever seen in one place before. If you’re trying to design databases without formal training, it’s like winning the lottery.
Rebecca Riordan writes with wit and clarity, and experience oozes out of every paragraph. Sure, you’ll learn what normalization and entity-relationship diagrams are. But, more important, you’ll get solutions to the problems you’ll really encounter. How to capture users’ work processes. How to keep system goals and data models simple. How to provide for domain integrity, step by step. How to avoid the pitfalls of fact and dimension tables.
Riordan’s examples use Access (Jet) and SQL Server. The book will be immensely valuable even if you use Oracle, MySQL, whatever. But if you do work with Microsoft databases, you’ve just won the lottery twice. Bill Camarda, from the March 2005 Read Only