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Inside Relational Databases: with examples in Access [Paperback]

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Database books currently tend to fall into two categories: highly theoretical and detailed textbooks and manuals which teach how to use the software but not the underlying theory. Neither type of book explains why the reader would want to do many of the things they describe. Marklyn and Whitehorn cover essential relational database theory and explain how to build databases securely - without bogging them down into too much detail and endless formulae. They start by explaining interface components and letting you build working databases. Along the way the authors guide you through potential disasters and provide the techniques to avoid them. Inside Relational Databases is aimed at equipping students with the necessary skills to build practical databases in the 'real world' as well as ensuring that they have a sufficient theoretical grounding in the subject.

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Pages   252
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.7" Width: 6.73" Height: 0.88"
Weight:   1.08 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 15, 1998
Publisher   Springer
ISBN  354076092X  
ISBN13  9783540760924  

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More About Mark Whitehorn

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bill Marklyn, as the Development Manager for the first three versions of Access, oversaw the entire design and so provides an intimate knowledge of the product.

Mark Whitehorn designs and builds databases but is best known for his popular and long running database column in the UK magazine, Personal Computer World (PCW).

Mark Whitehorn currently resides in Worcester. Mark Whitehorn was born in 1953 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University College.

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Fundamentals are Mandatory  Mar 3, 2008
Microsoft Access is a powerful multi-user relational database management system (RDBMS). The only problem is, it's as easy to build a pile of goo where 75% of the database's business rules reside between the designer's left ear and his right, rather than in the database itself, where they belong.

This book teaches the fundamentals of good database design, which will help you to ensure your database is well organized and will remain functional long after you've moved on to better things. It helps the designer to avoid that "pile of goo" I mentioned, and instead steers them towards such goals as Domain Key Normal Form (DKNF), the "holy grail" of proper database design.

It's Access examples are very appropriate to the topic at hand, simple, and easy to follow.

I strongly recommend this book for anyone as a "must read" BEFORE (or at least in conjunction with) any book you might have on Access itself.
Finally! An excellent book to clearly understand Access as an RDBMS  Oct 29, 2007
If you are like me with no background in IT and want to clearly understand and design an effective database you certainly need this book. I have read many books in the past and their names were always deceptive - like in 24 hours, bible, missing manual... They tell you how to build a database but skips to clearly explain why and why not something is done. This is the only book which clearly explains stuff like Referential Integrity, Cascading delete, triggers and such things to a newbie with no prior DB experience. Its really sad that even some Access Gurus - atleast the ones I have met do not know about this gem. But they are Gurus and wont need a book to know it all? Me and You would certainly benefit from a book like this.
Explains relational databases in plain English  Mar 9, 2007
The authors of this book don't avoid the more difficult concepts in understanding relational databases but they do a great job of explaining things in simple English. This is a good book for anyone who finds themselves having to work with relational databases but haven't understood why they're built the way they are. I've never read anyone before who tackled E. F. Codd's writing (the "father" of relational databases) and translated it so well into readable English.
Very little substance ...  Jan 24, 2007
I did not find this book very useful. I suppose I was looking for more of a book on Access and the application of relational databases. I should have picked up "Grover Park George ON ACCESS" and avoided this one.

However, even if I only had only wanted to learn the basics of relational databases, I should not have bought this book. It has about 25% of the substance that I would expect from a book of its length. The author explains every little thing over and over, and explains why he's explaining things, then provides more examples than necessary. To me, this book was an unfortunate waste of time.
Great Book!  Sep 30, 2005
This author is great. Makes for fun reading. Makes sense of databases whereas other books trying to explain databases cannot. I will buy all his books that deal with database now. Really helped me and I was completely clueless before this book, but CLUELESS NO MORE! Trust me, get it.

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