This book provides a concise but comprehensive guide to the disciplines of database design, construction, implementation, and management. Based on the authors’ professional experience in the software engineering and IT industries before making a career switch to academia, the text stresses sound database design as a necessary precursor to successful development and administration of database systems. The discipline of database systems design and management is discussed within the context of the bigger picture of software engineering. Students are led to understand from the outset of the text that a database is a critical component of a software infrastructure, and that proper database design and management is integral to the success of a software system. Additionally, students are led to appreciate the huge value of a properly designed database to the success of a business enterprise.
The text was written for three target audiences. It is suited for undergraduate students of computer science and related disciplines who are pursuing a course in database systems, graduate students who are pursuing an introductory course to database, and practicing software engineers and information technology (IT) professionals who need a quick reference on database design.
Database Systems: A Pragmatic Approach, 3rd Edition discusses concepts, principles, design, implementation, and management issues related to database systems. Each chapter is organized into brief, reader-friendly, conversational sections with itemization of salient points to be remembered. This pragmatic approach includes adequate treatment of database theory and practice based on strategies that have been tested, proven, and refined over several years. Features of the third edition include:
- Short paragraphs that express the salient aspects of each subject
- Bullet points itemizing important points for easy memorization
- Fully revised and updated diagrams and figures to illustrate concepts to enhance the student’s understanding
- Real-world examples
- Original methodologies applicable to database design
- Step-by-step, student-friendly guidelines for solving generic database systems problems
- Opening chapter overviews and concluding chapter summaries
- Discussion of DBMS alternatives such as the Entity–Attributes–Value model, NoSQL databases, database-supporting frameworks, and other burgeoning database technologies
- A chapter with sample assignment questions and case studies
This textbook may be used as a one-semester or two-semester course in database systems, augmented by a DBMS (preferably Oracle). After its usage, students will come away with a firm grasp of the design, development, implementation, and management of a database system.