Relational databases are powerful tools for organizing data, but learning to use them effectively can be painful. Relational Database Design for Mere Mortals explains the concepts of relational-database design in an easy-to-digest fashion that covers both the theoretical underpinnings and their practical implications. Hernandez covers all the basics--table and field structure, keys, relationships, business rules, and more--but always keeps his feet on the ground with advice for real-world implementations and a particularly strong section on analyzing your current database infrastructure.
This truly excellent introduction to relational database design will work for both novices and advanced designers because the book does not tie itself to any particular database implementation. Hernandez has years of database design and training experience. For all levels from public to university libraries.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This book is adequate but not great as an introduction to designing databases. I agree with other reviewers that it's quite repetitive and goes to extremes on details like field... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2003
This is the most helpful book I have ever read in sorting out the complexities of relational database design. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2002 by Carol Duning
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I have read your book "Database Design for Mere Mortals" and found it to be absolutely gratifying. Read more
Michael J. Hernandez takes known, accepted database analysis and design methodology and turns it into step-by step techniques to design and develop a good relational database. Read morePublished on July 5 2002 by Sheila Carmichael
This book gets the reader to begin thinking about relationships and entities absent of implementation - which is a critical part of being a database designer. Read morePublished on July 1 2002 by C. Giancola
Too much background and emphasis on interviews and talking to everyone in the company before explaing how to put together a logical database. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2002 by Jingleballs
I'm buying this book a second time because I lent it out one too many times to people at my last job. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2001 by Jim Martino