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Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 3 edition (February 14, 2013)
Publication Date: February 14, 2013
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I read this book while searching for different textbooks to use in the university database course I teach.Hernandez' method and presentation of it are distinctly different from all other books I've read on database design. The author has developed a fairly thorough approach for designing relational databases without requiring the designer to delve into the traditional mathematical jargon and occasionally difficult concepts upon which relational theory is based.Besides the easy understandability to a layman, it seems to me the biggest values in Hernandez' approach and the book is that it is well described as sequence of operations to do with short interviews of the various stakeholders in the database's intended environment. I learned to do similar interviews pretty well through years of experience but without having been taught a method.Although the whole method appears valid, a few limitations and drawbacks of the book surfaced on my first reading: * The method has so many steps it isn't likely that someone can memorize it all. * Though not surprising from the subtitle, the design method here is inextricably tied to the relational model. (I had hoped that the approach would be more generalized and then show how to produce a valid relational model from a conceptual design. The latter is the way I've been teaching up to now so Hernandez' approach loses some flexibility.) * It's laborious: The whole method is VERY heavy on filling out lengthy forms to document each table, field, view, etc. In theory this good, but it is done in a way that could easily require my students to record 50+ pages worth of forms for their main class project before they even start to implement anything.
Excellent introduction to Relational Database Design. This is a complete methodology for designing databases from start to finish. Good refresher for experienced data modelers as well.Database Design for Mere Mortals is the perfect introduction to relational database design for the novice and anyone needing a refresher. Straight forward examples and the absence of complex mathematical terms common with other books on the topic make this an easy, enjoyable and very practical read for anyone seeking to understand relational database design from an operational database perspective.Disclaimer: I have to admit being biased towards this book. I read the first edition of Database for Mere Mortals when I was just starting my career in database application development 15 years ago and I have referred to it often over the years. Lacking a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, I was daunted by the other books on the market at the time on Database Design Theory. However, when I came across this book, it launched my career in ways that I could not have predicted at the time.Database Design for Mere Mortals is written is a straight-forward, easy to read format. The author clearly explains complex relational concepts without the use of difficult to understand mathematical jargon. The design process that the author lays out in this book is concise, yet complete for the purpose of properly designing a well-tuned operational database based on relational database technology. To get value out of this book requires no database experience nor a background in computer science or mathematics on the part of the reader.
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