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Database System Concepts by Silberschatz, Korth and Sudarshan is now in its 6th edition and is one of the cornerstone texts of database education. It presents the fundamental concepts of database management in an intuitive manner geared toward allowing students to begin working with databases as quickly as possible.
The text is designed for a first course in databases at the junior/senior undergraduate level or the first year graduate level. It also contains additional material that can be used as supplements or as introductory material for an advanced course. Because the authors present concepts as intuitive descriptions, a familiarity with basic data structures, computer organization, and a high-level programming language are the only prerequisites. Important theoretical results are covered, but formal proofs are omitted. In place of proofs, figures and examples are used to suggest why a result is true.
Table of contents
Chapter 1: IntroductionPart 1: Relational DatabasesChapter 2: Introduction to the Relational ModelChapter 3: Introduction to SQLChapter 4: Intermediate SQLChapter 5: Advanced SQLChapter 6: Formal Relational Query Languages
Part II: Database DesignChapter 7: Database Design and the E-R ModelChapter 8: Relational Database DesignChapter 9: Application Design and Development
Part III: Data Storage and QueryingChapter 10: Storage and File StructureChapter 11: Indexing and HashingChapter 12: Query ProcessingChapter 13: Query Optimization
Part IV: Transaction ManagementChapter 14: TransactionsChapter 15: Concurrency ControlChapter 16: Recovery System
Part V: System ArchitectureChapter 17: Database-System ArchitecturesChapter 18: Parallel DatabasesChapter 19: Distributed Databases
Part VI: Data Mining and Information RetrievalChapter 20: Data MiningChapter 21: Information Retrieval
Part VII: Specialty DatabasesChapter 22: Object-Based DatabasesChapter 23: XMLChapter 24: Advanced Application DevelopmentChapter 25: Advanced Data Types and New ApplicationsChapter 26: Advanced Transaction Processing
Part IX: Case StudiesChapter 27: PostgreSQLChapter 28: OracleChapter 29: IBM DB2 Universal DatabaseChapter 30: Microsoft SQL Server
Part X: AppendicesAppendix A: Detailed University SchemaAppendix B: Other Relational Query LanguagesAppendix C: Advanced Relational Database DesignAppendix D: Network ModelAppendix E: Hierarchical Model