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Designing Effective Database Systemsby Rebecca M. Riordan
Synopses & Reviews
“Riordan covers core skills for any developer—database design and development—in a perfect amount of detail. This book should be on every professional developers reading list.”
“Designing a database is not a trivial subject. Riordan brings experience and clear explanations to a fundamental part of software development.”
“If you buy only one book on database design, make it this one. Riordan has a talent for explaining technical issues in simple language, without over simplifying.”
“A book that will expertly guide you in how to develop a database for a client— and how to do it right the first time!”
“Riordan has produced a unique book that brings together a formal, yet commonsense, approach to relational database design...and then goes further! Many database designers will find immense value in the steps to developing practical data warehouse designs. If you are seeking a framework for designing transactional databases, or want to step out into the world of analytical databases, Riordans book excels at bridging both worlds.”
“Riordan takes a complex subject and makes it easy. If youre over your head on a database design project, this book will help bail you out!”
“This book covers a wide range of database design and data modeling topics in a well-organized, easy to understand format.”
“In Designing Effective Database Systems, Riordans style, wit, and attention to detail are outstanding.”The Software Developers Step-by-Step Guide to Database Design
World-renowned expert Rebecca M. Riordan has written the definitive database design book for working developers who arent database experts. No matter how messy or complex your data challenge, Designing Effective Database Systems shows you how to design an effective, high-performance database to solve it.
Riordan begins by thoroughly demystifying the principles of relational design, making them accessible to every professional developer. Next, she offers the fields clearest introduction to dimensional database modeling—practical insight for designing todays increasingly important analytical applications.
One task at a time, the author illuminates every facet of database analysis and design for both traditional databases and the dimensional databases used for data warehousing, showing how to avoid common architectural pitfalls that complicate development and reduce extensibility. The book concludes with comprehensive, expert guidance on designing databases for maximum usability.
This book will teach you to
Riordan has helped thousands of professionals master database design and development, earning Microsofts coveted MVP honor for her exceptional contributions. Nobody is more qualified to help you master database design and apply it in your real-world environment.
Book News Annotation:
Intended for professional developers, this book introduces the principles of relational and dimensional database theory, and explains the activities involved in the analysis and design of database systems. The author examines the modeling of the relationships between entities, relational algebra, fact tables, the definition of system parameters and work processes, the conceptual database model, the database schema, and the design of the user interface.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Rebecca M. Riordan has more than fifteen years of experience designing and developing databases and other applications. She is a Microsoft MVP and a frequent speaker at conferences, including Microsoft TechEd. She is the author of many books, including Seeing Data: Designing User Interfaces for Database Systems Using .NET (Addison-Wesley, 2005). Her other highly respected books include Designing Relational Database Systems (1999), Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Programming Step by Step (2000), and ADO.NET Step by Step (2002), all published by Microsoft Press.
Table of Contents
I. RELATIONAL DATABASE THEORY.
1. Basic Concepts.
What Is a Database?
The Relational Model
The Data Model
2. Database Structure.
First Normal Form
Second Normal Form
Third Normal Form
Relationships of Known Cardinality
4. Data Integrity.
Implementing Data Integrity
5. Relational Algebra.
Nulls and Three-Valued Logic (One More Time)
Special Relational Operators
II. DIMENSIONAL DATABASE THEORY.
6. Basic Dimensional Concepts.
The Dimensional Database Model
A Potted History of Business Intelligence
7. Fact Tables.
The Structure of a Fact Table
The Characteristics of a Fact Attribute
8. Dimension Tables.
The Structure of a Dimension Table
III. DESIGNING DATABASE SYSTEMS.
9. The Design Process.
Life Cycle Models
The Database Design Process
A Note on Design Methodologies and Standards
10. Defining the System Parameters.
Determining the System Goals
Developing the Design Criteria
Determining the System Scope
11. Defining the Work Processes.
Determining Current Work Processes
Analyzing Work Processes
Documenting Work Processes
12. The Conceptual Data Model.
Identifying the Data Objects
Restricting the Range of Values
13. The Database Schema.
Database Schema Components
14. Communicating the Design.
Audience and Purpose
Conceptual Data Model
IV. DESIGNING THE USER INTERFACE.
15. The Interface as Mediator.
Putting Users in Charge
Minimizing the Memory Load
16. User Interface Architectures.
Supporting the Work Processes
17. Representing Entities in Form Design.
18. Choosing Windows Controls.
Representing Logical Values
Representing Sets of Values
Representing Numbers and Dates
Representing Text Values
19. Maintaining Database Integrity.
Classes of Integrity Constraints
Sorting, Searching, and Filtering Data
Producing Standard Reports
Producing Ad Hoc Reports
21. User Assistance.
Passive Assistance Mechanisms
Reactive Assistance Mechanisms
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