Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science

Concise Guide to Databases

A Practical Introduction

Authors: Lake, Peter, Crowther, Paul

  • Includes numerous examples to support the description of both business and technical issues
  • Introduces a range of commercial databases and encourages the reader to experiment with these in an associated learning environment
  • Presents a mixture of both theory and practical elements
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About this Textbook

This easy-to-read textbook/reference presents a comprehensive introduction to databases, opening with a concise history of databases and of data as an organisational asset. As relational database management systems are no longer the only database solution, the book takes a wider view of database technology, encompassing big data, NoSQL, object and object-relational and in-memory databases. The text also examines the issues of scalability, availability, performance and security encountered when building and running a database in the real world. 
Topics and features: presents review and discussion questions at the end of each chapter, in addition to skill-building, hands-on exercises; introduces the fundamental concepts and technologies in database systems, placing these in an historic context; describes the challenges faced by database professionals; reviews the use of a variety of database types in business environments; discusses areas for further research within this fast-moving domain.

About the authors

Peter Lake is Course Leader for the Oracle IT&M MSc and the IT Professional MSc at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. His other Springer publications include the successful Guide to Cloud Computing.

Paul Crowther is Head of Postgraduate (taught programmes) in the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“You may be interested in this book if you are a database newcomer or if you want to get a bigger picture of databases in general. Also, if you want to look at new solutions in DB business that could suit your company then you may be interested in this book. … This book may be useful if you are starting out on your DB journey and want to quickly get to know what it is all about.” (Konrad Zdanowski, Vertabelo blog, vertabelo.com, March, 2015)

“Students who want to learn about the changes in concepts related to data and databases will benefit from reading this book. … This book will help computer scientists, students, and people who are working on data to gain a good understanding of basic data concepts and trends in data. I highly recommend it to engineers working on subjects related to data and to graduate /undergraduate students as a reference book.” (Gulustan Dogan, Computing Reviews, August, 2014)

“I found this book quite interesting, and easy to read and follow. It is very well structured, with good usage of theoretical and practical examples and many illustrations. … I would recommend it for computer science undergraduates, as well as postgraduate students and researchers … . a valuable source for self-study for practicing database professionals, or even for a course taught at the undergraduate or postgraduate level. Some university instructors may even adopt it as a core text.” (Georgia Garani, Computing Reviews, June, 2014)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $59.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4471-5600-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Concise Guide to Databases
Book Subtitle
A Practical Introduction
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-4471-5601-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4471-5601-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4471-5600-0
Series ISSN
1863-7310
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 307
Number of Illustrations and Tables
113 b/w illustrations
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