Top critical review
Content is excellent, but presentation could use an update; be more visual.
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2011
An excellent book on database systems, keyed for the beginner/novice. Some familiarity with databases and files is nice to have, but could be used as a first course book. The authors are all noted in their area, and the content is great...better than great, excellent. However, the overall presentation of the material -- the graphics and visuals -- are not nearly as well done as is possible (and standard) for today's top text books. More and better use of color, more case studies, and just in general better graphics/visuals would make this a much more effective (and fun) book. And that's the reason for the average rating...it's just average in its presentation and therefore its effectiveness as a text.