View Updating and Relational Theory: Solving the View Update Problem

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Dec 20, 2012 - Computers - 260 pages
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Views are virtual tables. That means they should be updatable, just as "real" or base tables are. In fact, view updatability isn’t just desirable, it’s crucial, for practical reasons as well as theoretical ones. But view updating has always been a controversial topic. Ever since the relational model first appeared, there has been widespread skepticism as to whether (in general) view updating is even possible.

In stark contrast to this conventional wisdom, this book shows how views, just like base tables, can always be updated (so long as the updates don’t violate any integrity constraints). More generally, it shows how updating always ought to work, regardless of whether the target is a base table or a view. The proposed scheme is 100% consistent with the relational model, but rather different from the way updating works in SQL products today.

This book can:

  • Help database products improve in the future
  • Help with a "roll your own" implementation, absent such product improvements
  • Make you aware of the crucial role of predicates and constraints
  • Show you how relational products are really supposed to behave

Anyone with a professional interest in the relational model, relational technology, or database systems in general can benefit from this book.

 

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Contents

A Motivating Example
1
The Technical Context
11
The View Concept A Closer Look
31
Restriction Views
55
Projection Views
81
Join Views I One to One Joins
105
Join Views II Many to Many Joins
119
Join Views III One to Many Joins
131
Difference Views
169
Group and Ungroup Views
181
Extension and Summarization Views
193
Updating through Expressions
201
Ambiguity Revisited
215
Some Remarks on Relational Assignment
227
Relational Operators
233
Index
237

Intersection Views
141
Union Views
155

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C.J. Date has a stature that is unique within the database industry. C.J. is a prolific writer, and is well-known for his best-selling textbook: An Introduction to Database Systems (Addison Wesley). C.J. is an exceptionally clear-thinking writer who can lay out principles and theory in a way easily understood by his audience.

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