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For over 25 years, C. J. Date's An Introduction to Database Systems has been the authoritative resource for readers interested in gaining insight into and understanding of the principles of database systems. This revision continues to provide a solid grounding in the foundations of database technology and to provide some ideas as to how the field is likely to develop in the future.. "Readers of this book will gain a strong working knowledge of the overall structure, concepts, and objectives of database systems ...
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Overview

For over 25 years, C. J. Date's An Introduction to Database Systems has been the authoritative resource for readers interested in gaining insight into and understanding of the principles of database systems. This revision continues to provide a solid grounding in the foundations of database technology and to provide some ideas as to how the field is likely to develop in the future.. "Readers of this book will gain a strong working knowledge of the overall structure, concepts, and objectives of database systems and will become familiar with the theoretical principles underlying the construction of such systems.

A classic book, revised--the best, most comprehensive, and most up-to-date treatment of database concepts and technology available. Contains greatly expanded treatment of object-oriented database system, including a proposal for rapprochement between OO and relational technologies. Includes important new chapters on functional dependencies, views, domains, and missing information.

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Introduces the field of database systems, for students and professionals with a basic of knowledge of storage and file management capabilities of a modern computer system and features of one or more high-level programming language. Coverage includes general concepts, the relational model, theory and practice of database design, transaction management, how relational concepts are relevant to other aspects of database technology, and the impact of object technology on database systems. This seventh edition amplifies treatment of the relational model, relation-valued attributes, type inheritance, and temporal databases, and contains two new appendices of SQL and SQL3. The author is a lecturer, researcher, and independent consultant specializing in relational database systems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201144710
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 5/28/1981
  • Series: IBM Systems Programming Series
  • Edition description: 3d ed
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 704

Table of Contents

Preface to the Eighth Edition
Pt. I Preliminaries 1
Ch. 1 An Overview of Database Management 3
Ch. 2 Database System Architecture 33
Ch. 3 An Introduction to Relational Databases 59
Ch. 4 An Introduction to SQL 85
Pt. II The Relational Model 109
Ch. 5 Types 111
Ch. 6 Relations 141
Ch. 7 Relational Algebra 173
Ch. 8 Relational Calculus 213
Ch. 9 Integrity 253
Ch. 10 Views 295
Pt. III Database Design 329
Ch. 11 Functional Dependencies 333
Ch. 12 Further Normalization I: 1NF, 2NF, 3NF, BCNF 349
Ch. 13 Further Normalization II: Higher Normal Forms 381
Ch. 14 Semantic Modeling 409
Pt. IV Transaction Management 443
Ch. 15 Recovery 445
Ch. 16 Concurrency 465
Pt. V Further Topics 501
Ch. 17 Security 503
Ch. 18 Optimization 531
Ch. 19 Missing Information 575
Ch. 20 Type Inheritance 605
Ch. 21 Distributed Databases 647
Ch. 22 Decision Support 689
Ch. 23 Temporal Databases 727
Ch. 24 Logic-Based Databases 775
Pt. VI Objects, Relations, and XML 811
Ch. 25 Object Databases 813
Ch. 26 Object/Relational Databases 859
Ch. 27 The World Wide Web and XML 895
Appendixes 939
App. A The TransRelational Model 941
App. B SQL Expressions 967
App. C: Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Symbols 977
App. D Storage Structures and Access Methods
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2004

    Foundations, or 'why smug relational weenies are smug'

    Extremely useful reference for the relational model; the foundations and principles which are essential to properly understanding _why_ I should care about reading 'SQL in a nutshell' or 'Oracle for dummies'. I would recommend reading several varying introductions to relational theory first, in order to learn what the vocabulary is, learn what the crack-pot explanations are, and generally get a vague sense of the theory. ** In particular, if one is already familiar with SQL, one -- as an absolute prerequisite -- must gain a basic understanding of all the relational algebra operations. ** Some of the contained criticisms of OO techniques, although valid, are not generally valid against OO in general, in exactly the same way that its criticisms of sql and common databases are not valid against relational theory in general.

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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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