Beginning Database Design: From Novice to Professional

Beginning Database Design: From Novice to Professional

Beginning Database Design: From Novice to Professional

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Beginning Database Design, Second Edition provides short, easy-to-read explanations of how to get database design right the first time. This book offers numerous examples to help you avoid the many pitfalls that entrap new and not-so-new database designers. Through the help of use cases and class diagrams modeled in the UML, you’ll learn to discover and represent the details and scope of any design problem you choose to attack.

Database design is not an exact science. Many are surprised to find that problems with their databases are caused by poor design rather than by difficulties in using the database management software. Beginning Database Design, Second Edition helps you ask and answer important questions about your data so you can understand the problem you are trying to solve and create a pragmatic design capturing the essentials while leaving the door open for refinements and extension at a later stage. Solid database design principles and examples help demonstrate the consequences of simplifications and pragmatic decisions. The rationale is to try to keep a design simple, but allow room for development as situations change or resources permit.

  • Provides solid design principles by which to avoid pitfalls and support changing needs 
  • Includes numerous examples of good and bad design decisions and their consequences
  • Shows a modern method for documenting design using the Unified Modeling Language

What you’ll learn

  • Avoid the most common pitfalls in database design.
  • Create clear use cases from project requirements.
  • Design a data model to support the use cases.
  • Apply generalization and specialization appropriately.
  • Secure future flexibility through a normalized design.
  • Ensure integrity through relationships, keys, and constraints.
  • Successfully implement your data model as a relational schema.

Who this book is for

Beginning Database Design, Second Edition is aimed at desktop power users, developers, database administrators, and others who are charged with caring for data and storing it in ways that preserve its meaning and integrity. Desktop users will appreciate the coverage of Excel as a plausible “database” for research systems and lab environments. Developers and database designers will find insight from the clear discussions of design approaches and their pitfalls and benefits. All readers will benefit from learning a modern notation for documenting designs that is based upon the widely used and accepted Universal Modeling Language.

Table of Contents

  1. What Can Go Wrong?
  2. Guided Tour of the Development Process
  3. Initial Requirements and Use Cases
  4. Learning from the Data Model
  5. Developing a Data Model
  6. Generalization and Specialization
  7. From Data Model to Relational Schema
  8. Normalization
  9. More on Keys and Constraints
  10. Queries
  11. User Interface
  12. Other Implementations

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  1. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Got Data? Here’s a guide on how to manage it!, February 13, 2014
    Amazon Customer (Gardena, CA) –

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    What this book is: It’s a guide to learn how to design databases. Expect to learn new ways of thinking about the data you have and how to anticipate future data requirements. You’ll also learn the kinds of questions you should ask in order to get an understanding of how the data will be used and what other data might be helpful.

    What it is not: Don’t expect to learn much about any specific Database software. It won’t teach you much SQL, Microsoft Access, or any other Database software. (There are some section that bring up certain areas of these topics and basic Database Querying is discussed, but it’s far from being in depth.)

    The majority of the book explains how a database can be designed so that it match the needs of most clients, and how to anticipate the future needs of a client. It discussions the relationships between data and how to maintain those relationships. It highlights common mistakes in database design that can add unintended limitations and shows alternate ways of designing the same databases to allow the data freedom to grow.

    I purchased this book for two reasons. One is that I’m a firm believer in learning and mastering fundamentals. In my case, I do a lot of computer programming. I’ve learned that the most important part of any software is it’s data. Another reason is that I was assigned a project at work that involved updating a database to meet a new requirement. (I don’t find the fundamentals as terribly interesting to study (like most people), but their value is priceless).

    Each chapter includes review questions at the end to put into practice what you learned. There is not any solutions given to help you know if you answered the questions correctly, but it helps to you go back and review some of the topics for better learning.

    I detracted one star for the sake of the Kindle version of the book not being correctly formatted. The Kindle version identifies the Topic Headers as “Chapters” rather than having the Chapters as “Chapters”. Kindle readers estimate how much time till I’ve completed reading a chapter, but throughout the entire book, it was estimating how much time until the next section. Rather annoying. (Not sure if this is the fault of Amazon or Apress).

    Despite that, I can give my recommendation of the content of this book on this topic. Mastering these fundamentals will truly make you a “Professional” database designer.


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  2. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great book for novices, March 17, 2013
    Roberto Vega (Jalisco, Mexico) –

    I haven’t studied anything about databases before, and this book give me a great understanding of the basics. Better, I could start working in my projects right after finishig the book. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to start studying databases.


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  3. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    Add to Your Essential Database Development Library, November 22, 2013
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    Add this book to your essential Database Development Library. Excellent overview of important database design concepts and from a multi-platform perspective! Also, page numbers included in ebook that accurately map to printed edition.


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