Relational Database Design Clearly Explained

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AP Professional, 1998 - Computers - 286 pages
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The majority of database systems being installed today are based on the relational database model. Unfortunately, relational database design is one of the most misunderstood aspects of computing. Part of the problem comes from popular literature that describes a relational database as anything that has "relationships between files." And those who do understand that a relational database is really nothing more than a collection of two-dimensional tables are caught between good design and the performance of the database. They are often unaware of the side-effects of many of their poor design decisions.

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Contents

Introduction
3
Entities and Data Relationships
11
The Relational Data Model
45
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About the author (1998)

Andy Ihnatko describes himself as "the world's 42nd most-beloved industry personality" because "it's vaguely credible but utterly impossible to prove or disprove, and thus precisely the sort of tagline I was looking for." An unabashed geek ("The bashings ended when I left high school for Rensselaer Polytechnic, thank God"), Andy's been writing about tech since 1989. In the past, he's written for every single magazine or website with the word "Mac" in it, highlighted by 10 years as MacUser and then Macworld's back-page opinion columnist. He's currently the "Chicago Sun-Times"' technology columnist.
In his pursuit of "heroically stupid applications of technology," Andy has built an animatronic Darth Vader doll that could be controlled over the Internet via telepresence to hassle his roommate's cats and written and published a complete set of plans and instructions for converting any Classic-style Macintosh into a fully functional 2.5-gallon aquarium. "The Original MacQuarium" was one of the Internet's first e-Books and can be downloaded from several sites after a quick Google search.
This is Andy's fourth book. Andy lives in Boston with his two goldfish, Click and Drag. He invites you to visit his aptly named "Colossal Waste Of Bandwidth" at www.andyi.com.

Dr. Jan L. Harrington has been working with and writing about the Macintosh since March 1984. In her day job, she is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of CS/IS/IT at Marist College, where she carries the torch for Macintosh users with great enthusiasm. Her 30+ published books include more than a dozen Macintosh-specific titles, including several on various flavors of the Macintosh OS.

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