Relational Database Design and Implementation

Clearly Explained


  • Jan Harrington, Professor and Department Chair, Computer Science, Marist College, Hyde Park, New York, U.S.A.
  • Jan Harrington, Professor and Department Chair, Computer Science, Marist College, Hyde Park, New York, U.S.A.

Fully revised, updated, and expanded, Relational Database Design and Implementation, Third Edition is the most lucid and effective introduction to the subject available for IT/IS professionals interested in honing their skills in database design, implementation, and administration. This book provides the conceptual and practical information necessary to develop a design and management scheme that ensures data accuracy and user satisfaction while optimizing performance, regardless of experience level or choice of DBMS.The book begins by reviewing basic concepts of databases and database design, then briefly reviews the SQL one would use to create databases. Topics such as the relational data model, normalization, data entities and Codd's Rules (and why they are important) are covered clearly and concisely but without resorting to "Dummies"-style talking down to the reader.Supporting the book's step-by-step instruction are three NEW case studies illustrating database planning, analysis, design, and management practices. In addition to these real-world examples, which include object-relational design techniques, an entirely NEW section consisting of three chapters is devoted to database implementation and management issues.
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Book information

  • Published: July 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374730-3


"I think this book addresses database designers and database professionals quite well. The book also is well-suited to be used for an introductory course on database management."-- Craig Mullins, Corporate Technologist, NEON Enterprise Software

"The book uses straightforward language to present different concepts related to the design and implementation of relational databases. Although it does not include exercises, it could be used as a textbook in a database course. While it is difficult nowadays for a book on databases to stand out among the popular and excellent ones already available, I want to emphasize what I consider a key contribution of this book: it is illustrated with real-world examples and includes clear explanations that will help readers understand the design process. In this sense, the three case studies included are particularly valuable."--Computing Reviews

Table of Contents

Part One: IntroductionChapter 1: The Database Environment Chapter 2: Systems Analysis and Database RequirementsPart Two: Database Design TheoryChapter 3: Why Good Design MattersChapter 4: Entities and Relationships Chapter 5: The Relational Data ModelChapter 6: NormalizationChapter 7: Database Structure and Performance Tuning Chapter 8: Codd’s Rules for Relational Database Design Part Three: Relational Design PracticeChapter 9: Using SQL to Implement a Relational DesignChapter 10: Using CASE Tools for Database DesignChapter 11: Database Design Case Study #1:Database Design Case Study #1: Mighty-Mite MotorsChapter 12: Database Design Case Study #2: East Coast AquariumChapter 13: Database Design Case Study #3: SmartMartPart Four: Database Implementation IssuesChapter 14: Concurrency ControlChapter 15: Database SecurityChapter 16: Data WarehousingChapter 17: Data QualityChapter 18: XMLAppendix A: Historical Antecedents