Date on Database: Writings 2000-2006

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Apress, Mar 1, 2007 - Computers - 546 pages

Date on Database: Writings 2000 2006 captures some of the freshest thinking from widely known and respected relational database pioneer C. J. Date. Known for his tenacious defense of relational theory in its purest form, Date tackles many topics that are important to database professionals, including the difference between model and implementation, data integrity, data redundancy, deviations in SQL from the relational model, and much more.

Date clearly and patiently explains where many of todays products and practices go wrong, and illustrates some of the trouble you can get into if you don’t carefully think through your use of current database technology. In almost every field of endeavor, the writings of the founders and early leaders have had a profound effect. And now is your chance to read Date while his material is fresh and the field is still young. You’ll want to read this book because it:

Provides C. J. Date's freshest thinking on relational theory versus current products in the field Features a tribute to E. F. Codd, founder of the relational database field Clearly explains how the unwary practitioner can avoid problems with current relational database technology Offers novel insights into classic issues like redundancy and database design
 

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Contents

A Tribute and Personal Memoir
3
An Interview with Chris Date
13
Good Writing Does Matter
23
On the Notion of Logical Difference
35
On the Logical Difference Between Model and Implementation
51
On the Logical Differences Between Types Values and Variables
69
Why We Need Type BOOLEAN
105
What First Normal Form Really Means
107
A Cure for Madness
319
Why Threeand FourValued Logic Dont Work
329
Theres Only One Relational Model
345
The Relational Model Is Very Much Alive
361
What Do You Mean fiPostRelationalf
369
A Database Disconnect
383
Is a Circle an Ellipse?
389
What Does Substitutability Really Mean?
409

A Sweet Disorder
139
Double Trouble Double Trouble
159
Multiple Assignment
181
Data Redundancy and Database Design
217
Further Thoughts Number One
255
TreeStructured Data
271
Twelve Rules for Business Rules
299
Two Remarks on SQLs UNION
313
Models Models Everywhere Nor Any Time to Think
437
A Request for Clarification
445
A Comparison Between ODMG and
457
An Overview and Analysis of Proposals Based on the TSQL2 Approach
481
A Case Study
515
Index
527
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About the author (2007)

C. J. Date is an independent author, lecturer, researcher, and consultant, specializing in relational database technology, a field he helped pioneer. He is best known for his book, An Introduction to Database Systems (8th edition, 2004), which has sold over 750,000 copies and is used by several hundred colleges and universities worldwide. He is also author of many other books on relational database management, including Logic and Databases: The Roots of Relational Theory (2007). He was inducted into the Computing Industry Hall of Fame in 2004.

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