Database Design for Mere Mortals, 25th Anniversary Edition eBook, 4th Edition

Michael J. Hernandez

Database Design for Mere Mortals, 25th Anniversary Edition eBook, 4th Edition

By Michael J. Hernandez
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Michael J. Hernandez's best-selling Database Design for Mere Mortals has earned worldwide respect as the simplest way to learn relational database design. Now, he has made this hands-on, software independent tutorial even clearer and easier to use.

Step by step, this new 25th Anniversary Edition shows you how to design modern databases that are soundly structured, reliable, and flexible, even in the latest online applications. Hernandez guides you through everything from planning to defining tables, fields, keys, table relationships, business rules, and views. Youll learn practical ways to improve data integrity, how to avoid common mistakes, and when to break the rules. Updated review questions and figures help you learn these techniques more easily and effectively.
  • Understand database types, models, and design terminology
  • Perform interviews to efficiently capture requirementseven if everyones working remotely
  • Set clear design objectives and transform them into effective designs
  • Analyse a current database so you can identify ways to improve it
  • Establish table structures and relationships, assign primary keys, set field specifications, and set up views
  • Ensure the correct level of data integrity for each database
  • Identify and establish business rules
  • Preview and prepare for the future of relational databases

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Table of contents
  • Chapter 1: The Relational Database
  • Chapter 2: Design Objectives
  • Chapter 3: Terminology
  • Chapter 4: Conceptual Overview
  • Chapter 5: Starting the Process
  • Chapter 6: Analyzing the Current Database
  • Chapter 7: Establishing Table Structures
  • Chapter 8: Keys
  • Chapter 9: Field Specifications
  • Chapter 10: Table Relationships
  • Chapter 11: Business Rules
  • Chapter 12: Views
  • Chapter 13: Reviewing Data Integrity
  • Chapter 14: Bad DesignWhat Not to Do
  • Chapter 15: Bending or Breaking the Rules
  • Chapter 16: In Closing
  • Appendix A: Answers to Review Questions
  • Appendix B: Diagram of the Database Design Process
  • Appendix C: Design Guidelines
  • Appendix D: Documentation Forms
  • Appendix E: Database-Design Diagram Symbols
  • Appendix F: Sample Design
  • Appendix G: On Normalization
  • Appendix H: Recommended Reading
  • Glossary