Suggestions for DB Textbook
December 8, 2010 11:06 AM   Subscribe

Computer Science Filter: Anyone have any suggestions for a Database text book. I am teaching a course title Database Technology next semester. The previous professor used a textbook that was "MS Access"-heavy. Any suggestions for a textbook that covers Database Technology, meets course description (below) and isn't MS-Dependent? I have no problem using MS Access, just don't want to depend on it.

Course Description:
This course studies the design and implementation of relational databases. Entity-relationship (E-R) diagrams and other design techniques are covered and students get practical experience with their use. SQL programming techniques are also used to build, update, query, and generate reports from databases. XML techniques are also examined.
posted by fozzie33 to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
What about Fundamentals of Database Systems, by Elmasri and Navathe? Is it too advanced?
posted by sonic meat machine at 11:08 AM on December 8, 2010

I used Database Management Systems in a few courses at UBC and I liked it. I believe it covers everything you're looking for, but I haven't looked the XML material personally. It's a bit dry but the explanations tend to be concise and very easy to understand.
posted by ripley_ at 11:19 AM on December 8, 2010

We used the third edition of Database Systems (5th edition here) in my DB class around '02. Very good book -- well written, easy to follow and not MS dependent. This was a mandatory DB class for a CS undergrad degree.
posted by MustardTent at 11:22 AM on December 8, 2010

This what they were using:

Kroenke, D.M. and Auer, D.J.: Database Concepts, Fourth Edition, 2010, Prentice
Hall, ISBN-10: 0136086535
posted by fozzie33 at 11:23 AM on December 8, 2010

2nding sonic meat machine. That's the text we used in grad school.
posted by malaprohibita at 1:48 PM on December 8, 2010

We use Database Management Systems here, and... honestly, I don't think most students even bothered to buy a copy. I know I didn't (especially once I read the Amazon reviews, which were pretty bad).
posted by anaelith at 4:19 PM on December 8, 2010

Seconding MustardTent's recommendation of Connolly and Begg's 'Database Systems'; it's very, very good on the basics particularly Relational Algebra/Calculus and ANSI SQL and meets the requirements of your syllabus.
posted by SyntacticSugar at 4:09 AM on December 9, 2010

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