Joe Celko's Data & Databases: Concepts in Practice

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Morgan Kaufmann, 1999 - Computers - 382 pages
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Do you need an introductory book on data and databases? If the book is by Joe Celko, the answer is yes. Data and Databases: Concepts in Practice is the first introduction to relational database technology written especially for practicing IT professionals. If you work mostly outside the database world, this book will ground you in the concepts and overall framework you must master if your data-intensive projects are to be successful. If you're already an experienced database programmer, administrator, analyst, or user, it will let you take a step back from your work and examine the founding principles on which you rely every day-helping you to work smarter, faster, and problem-free.

Whatever your field or level of expertise, Data and Databases offers you the depth and breadth of vision for which Celko is famous. No one knows the topic as well as he, and no one conveys this knowledge as clearly, as effectively-or as engagingly. Filled with absorbing war stories and no-holds-barred commentary, this is a book you'll pick up again and again, both for the information it holds and for the distinctive style that marks it as genuine Celko.

* Supports its extensive conceptual information with example code and other practical illustrations.
* Explains fundamental issues such as the nature of data and data modeling, and moves to more specific technical questions such as scales, measurements, and encoding.
* Offers fresh, engaging approaches to basic and not-so-basic issues of database programming, including data entities, relationships and values, data structures, set operations, numeric data, character string data, logical data and operations, and missing data among others.
* Covers the conceptual foundations of modern RDBMS technology, making it an ideal choice for students.

  

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Contents

The Nature of Data
1
Entities Attributes Values and Relationships
13
Data Structures
25
Relational Tables
37
Access Structures
59
Numeric Data
81
Character String Data
101
Logic and Databases
113
Missing Data
191
Data Encoding Schemes
199
Check Digits
215
The Basic Relational Model
235
Basic Relational Operations
273
Functional Dependencies
289
Denormalization
317
Metadata
337

Temporal Data
127
Textual Data
157
Exotic Data
169
Scales and Measurements
175

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About the author (1999)

Joe Celko served 10 years on ANSI/ISO SQL Standards Committee and contributed to the SQL-89 and SQL-92 Standards.

Mr. Celko is author a series of books on SQL and RDBMS for Elsevier/MKP. He is an independent consultant based in Austin, Texas.

He has written over 1200 columns in the computer trade and academic press, mostly dealing with data and databases.

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