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Data Management: Databases & Organizations

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 6 edition (Sept. 1 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047012900X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470129005
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 503 g
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4498a74) out of 5 stars A great book for an unbeaten price Aug. 24 2014
By Hani Safadi - Published on
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I came across this book while searching for a textbook for my introductory course to DB. This book is of an extreme value. It is a comprehensive reference for traditional relational data modeling and SQL and also contains updated advanced material on data mining, natural language processing, visualization and big data.

What I also like about the book is that it blends theory and practice of data modeling and SQL. Each chapter in the first part of the book starts with a data modeling concept (i.e. single entity, one-many, many-many etc...) and then shows how to implement it and perform queries with SQL.

The companion website includes all slides, datasets, and partial solutions of the exercises. All of that for $10 with Kindle, I can't ask for more. This is a must for database students and practitioners as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4498ce4) out of 5 stars The worst textbook I've ever had to read Nov. 3 2015
By Michael - Published on
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This is the worst textbook I've ever had to use. It's unnecessarily wordy, full of grammatical and formatting errors (in one part of the book, the same paragraph was printed twice in a row; in another, the book said that there were three reasons for something and then proceeded to list four - and there are similar errors splattered throughout the entire book), and extremely hard to navigate. I have better luck jumping around randomly in the book in search of a section than I do trying to actually use the search function to find it. The author jumps around from subject to subject in a way that makes it hard to understand; it's almost like he put a bunch of SQL concepts in a hat and randomly drew a couple for each chapter he wrote. Furthermore, there is some weird story about a lady named Alice mixed in with the chapters in what I perceive to be an attempt to make the book slightly more interesting. I assume that my professor is personal friends with the author, because that's the only reason I could think of for any professor to choose this book as a class textbook. The reason I gave it two stars instead of one is because the book has been useful in the context of my Database Management class, and it has been genuinely entertaining to read a textbook so poorly written. However, unless you are absolutely required to have this textbook for your class, I'd recommend against buying it. I'm sure there are much better-written SQL books out there that will teach you a lot more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa44bd7ec) out of 5 stars Have been using this book for teaching and for personal ... Aug. 6 2015
By A. Simon Mielniczuk - Published on
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Have been using this book for teaching and for personal reference for years. If only all textbook authors were as clear as Watson. Bought Kindle version to stay current with updates.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa48632dc) out of 5 stars Perfect database book for generalists March 10 2014
By Gert Jan Hofstede - Published on
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I use this book, and have done so for years, in an MSc course for students from all sciences that want to acquire literacy on database design and SQL. The students like it and it allows them to work quite independently, having both a lesurely pace and enough depth. The author keeps it up to date, too.
It's not at its strongest as a reference; but since SQL versions differ and change, that might be too much to ask.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4dad744) out of 5 stars It works, but probably isn't the best. March 16 2015
By Barbara Kate Berger - Published on
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It's definitely passable, and some of the homework questions were really fun to think about and answer (they were written in such a lighthearted tone), but overall the book organized information in some counter-intuitive ways and was more verbose than it needed to be.