Database Systems: Design, Implementation, and Management (with Premium WebSite Printed Access Card and Essential Textbook Resources Printed Access Card) 10th Edition
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About the Author
Steven Morris completed his Bachelor of Science and Ph.D. from Auburn University. He has taught courses in Database Design and Development, Database Programming with Advanced SQL and PL/SQL, Systems Analysis and Design, and Database Management at the graduate and undergraduate levels at Middle Tennessee State University. He has many years of experience consulting on a database projects across a broad range of industries. Dr. Morris has published numerous professional articles and has served on the review boards of several journals.
Peter Rob has 32 years experience teaching file systems, database systems design, database design, database applications development, and more. Peter's real-world experience includes two years as a Director of Operations at an aviation chart company, 20 years as a consultant for hands-on operations systems analysis/development and database systems design, and 15 years experience as a statistical quality control systems analysis and systems/applications developer.
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This book is broken into very logical parts, and has a nice amount of "chunking" of information, with call-outs and plenty of diagrams. Props to the graphic designer. It covers a lot of material and tries to give as solid base of understanding for future database developers. It also includes a glossary in the back.
The text in the book left something to be desired. New terms would be defined using other new terms, forcing the reader to figure out 2 new terms at once. The book also would start to explain a concept, and then say that it was going to explain the concept further in later chapters over and over. I think the writers are very knowledgeable about what they are talking about, but would have done well to have a great technical writer help them convey that knowledge. Personally, I had to reread sections over and over trying to figure out exactly what the author meant. Eventually, I ended up going and looking up terms on Wikipedia to get a second explanation.
Overall, I think this book might be good if you have lectures or other resources in a class to help you understand databases. But on its own, this book has trouble getting all of its messages across clearly.
The only problem I faced was I bought the Kindle Paper White first and this book doesn't work on that type of Kindle tablets. I bought that from Amazon too along with the case and when I discovered the book does not go on it I returned the Paper White and case and seller refunded me really fast and free return. Also the Kindle free app installs on Android but you can't read this book on android even if you install the app. Overall I like digital books better than paper books. Also as appose to other sellers when you buy Kindle book you will have it forever. Some other non Kindle and non Amazon version expire after a while and you lose the book.
If you buy this for a class, I'd urge you to keep it afterwards - it's an excellent reference material for your bookshelf.
Overall, you'll learn a lot, but you'll be exhausted by many of the chapters. A few chapters are around 50 pages and take at least two hours each to read. It's not an easy read, and it helps if you already have a basic understanding of databases and what they do.