Database Design and Relational Theory: Normal Forms and All That Jazz

Database Design and Relational Theory: Normal Forms and All That Jazz

by C. J. Date
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Database Design and Relational Theory: Normal Forms and All That Jazz 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
hates_sunlight More than 1 year ago
I found this book by a keyword search, not specifically looking for this book. I am very glad I took the gamble. The reading is very dense and dry. It may even be particularly challenging and maddening, but if you have patience to do many re-reads, this can be just the paradigm shift you need.  The two big things that changed my views were: (a) do not allow nulls into your system, and (b) normalize. My first reaction was, "How do I handle the situation given to me in the real world? What is your proposal?" On the surface, he doesn't appear to offer alternatives, but you begin to see those better solutions the more you re-read and think about what is actually saying. The only downside is that he is advocating Tutorial D in seemingly every paragraph. He has his reasons (the main one that he's focusing on relational theory and not database products), but even so, it's noise that I filter out.