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Modern Database Management (11th Edition) Hardcover – Jul 16 2012


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Bad presentation, good information, and more bad presentation. April 23 2014
By Christopher Binnie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Basically, the information this book contains is rendered inaccessible by the poor presentation.

Remember writing that paper where you needed more length, so you went back and reworded everything to be expressed in a more complicated way? That's this textbook. Sentences are needlessly long, making content more difficult to absorb. Word choices are fluttery and fanciful when they need to be brick-solid. The prose squanders my time and my attention.

Composition is bad. This book consistently names something I've never heard of, talks for a few paragraphs about it as though I know what it is, leads me to believe I've missed something and maybe I should go back and find it, and then finally defines the thing. Additionally, time after time something is brought up and then dismissed as being "beyond the scope of this text" or contained in proper detail in some other, future chapter (your princess is in another castle...).

Images are never anywhere near the point in the text that references them! Reading about figure X-X? Well, figure X-Y is directly adjacent to what you're reading, and X-X is two pages back. For an e-book this is impossible to deal with, and even for a physical copy this would be ridiculous.

And the jokes? Yes, it's got jokes. They aren't good. They aren't funny. They are meant to be a way of keeping the reader engaged, but they fall flat and they take up space I had hoped would contain useful information.

This textbook is awful. It contains mountains of good information, but the writing is so bad as to render the content inaccessible.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
11th Continues Excellent Tradition of the 10th Jan. 23 2013
By G Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have used this and the prior four editions of Modern Database Management in my database class as well their companion book Modern Systems Analysis and Design in my Analysis and Design course and both books are excellent, easy to understand, and more importantly, well likely by students. The publisher sends me free copies of course; however, this time, I elected to buy the Kindle Edition on my own to avoid carrying too many textbooks and am extremely happy with that version. I especially like the Kindle feature that allows you to double click a word and find definitions and the highlighting feature.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The website is screwed up. May 3 2014
By S. Walters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm a little irritated. When you try to download the Access version for the big Pine Valley Furniture Company it links to the ASCII version. If you replace the file name with BigPVFC11e.zip you will get the file. However the examples in chapter 2 don't actually match what you download. So the queries they show you as an example don't work. You can still play with the tables but for a $200 book you think they would make sure their website is accurate.

The information in the book seems comprehensive.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Conceptually based Text. June 30 2014
By Jason M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Gives a slew of conceptually based methods to form a database. Good luck if you have use this book for a database class.
Look elsewhere for your database management needs Sept. 15 2014
By James Sevener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have two big issues. First issue is with content. This has to be one of the hardest technical books I've read. Very very dry, and wordy. You can tell it's the 11th edition... and that they refine it to make it longer. If you have been assigned this book for a class, I'm sorry. If you are looking for a fun book to learn about Database Management, I'd suggest you look else where.

My second issue is with what amazon describes as a compatible device. I can't read this on my Kindle Paperwhite because it is a "Print replica" and this book is also not viewable in the Windows 8 kindle app, only in the WIndows 8 Kindle for PC program. Pretty terrible user experience for a $80 rental.


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