For over 25 years, C. J. Date's An Introduction to Database Systems has been the authoritative resource for readers interested in gaining insight into and understanding of the principles of database systems. This revision continues to provide a solid grounding in the foundations of database technology and to provide some ideas as to how the field is likely to develop in the future.. "Readers of this book will gain a strong working knowledge of the overall structure, concepts, and objectives of database systems and will become familiar with the theoretical principles underlying the construction of such systems.
Introduces the field of database systems, for students and professionals with a basic of knowledge of storage and file management capabilities of a modern computer system and features of one or more high-level programming language. Coverage includes general concepts, the relational model, theory and practice of database design, transaction management, how relational concepts are relevant to other aspects of database technology, and the impact of object technology on database systems. This seventh edition amplifies treatment of the relational model, relation-valued attributes, type inheritance, and temporal databases, and contains two new appendices of SQL and SQL3. The author is a lecturer, researcher, and independent consultant specializing in relational database systems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)