This best-selling text introduces the theory behind databases in a concise yet comprehensive manner, providing database design methodology that can be used by both technical and non-technical readers. The methodology for relational Database Management Systems is presented in simple, step-by-step instructions in conjunction with a realistic worked example using three explicit phases—conceptual, logical, and physical database design.
Background: Introduction to Databases; Database Environment; Database Architectures and the Web. The Relational Model and Languages: The Relational model; Relational Algebra and Relational Calculus; SQL: Data Manipulation; SQL: Data Definition; Query-By-Example (QBE). Database Analysis and Design: Database System Lifecycle; Database Analysis and the DreamHome Case Study; Entity–Relationship Modeling; Enhanced Entity–Relationship Modeling; Normalization; Advanced Normalization. Methodology: Methodology—Conceptual Database Design; Methodology—Logical Database Design for Relational Model; Methodology—Physical Database Design for Relational Databases; Methodology—Monitoring and Tuning the Operational System. Selected Database Issues: Security and Administration; Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues; Transaction Management; Query Processing. Distributed DBMSs and Replication: Distributed DBMSs—Concepts and Design; Distributed DBMSs—Advanced Concepts; Replication and Mobile Databases. Object DBMSs: Object-Oriented DBMSs—Concepts and Design; Object-Oriented DBMSs—Standards and Languages; Object-Relational DBMSs. Web and DBMSs: Web Technology and DBMSs; Semistructured Data and XML. Business Intelligence Technologies: Data Warehousing Concepts; Data Warehousing Design; OLAP; Data Mining. Appendices: Users' Requirements Specification for DreamHome Case Study; Other Case Studies; Alternative Data Modeling Notations; Summa...
Thomas M. Connolly is the head of the Computing and Information Systems division at the University of Paisley.
Carolyn E. Begg is a lecturer at the University of Paisley, with research interests in Information Systems, Database Management Systems, and Decision Support Systems within medicine.