Database Design for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Relational Database Design
The #1 Easy, Commonsense Guide to Database Design! Michael J. Hernandez’s best-selling Database Design for Mere Mortals® has earned worldwide respect as the clearest, simplest way to learn relational database design. Now, he’s made this hands-on, software-independent tutorial even easier, while ensuring that his design methodology is still relevant to the latest databases, applications, and best practices. Step by step, Database Design for Mere Mortals ® , Third Edition, shows you how to design databases that are soundly structured, reliable, and flexible, even in modern web applications. Hernandez guides you through everything from database planning to defining tables, fields, keys, table relationships, business rules, and views. You’ll learn practical ways to improve data integrity, how to avoid common mistakes, and when to break the rules.
Understanding database types, models, and design terminology
Discovering what good database design can do for you—and why bad design can make your life miserable
Setting objectives for your database, and transforming those objectives into real designs
Analyzing a current database so you can identify ways to improve it
Establishing table structures and relationships, assigning primary keys, setting field specifications, and setting up views
Ensuring the appropriate level of data integrity for each application
Identifying and establishing business rules
Whatever relational database systems you use, Hernandez will help you design databases that are robust and trustworthy. Never designed a database before? Settling for inadequate generic designs? Running existing databases that need improvement? Start here.
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This truly excellent introduction to relational database design will work for both novices and advanced designers because the book does not tie itself to any particular database implementation ... Read full review
Excellent book! I first read this book during my early days in computer science, and have recently assigned it to all of my coding academy (coding boot camp) students at We Can Code IT. It is not only useful for understanding how to model databases, but helps with modeling objects too. This is one of the easier to digest technical books I've ever read. I've also been known to recommend it to our administrative team in order for them to understand how to organize our students' data within our systems.