Modern Database Management (12th Edition)

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Focusing on what leading database practitioners say are the most important aspects to database development, Modern Database Management presents sound pedagogy, and topics that are critical for the practical success of database professionals. The Twelfth Edition further facilitates learning with illustrations that clarify important concepts and new media resources that make some of the more challenging material more engaging. Also included are general updates and expanded material in the areas undergoing rapid change due to improved managerial practices, database design tools and methodologies, and database technology.

Users Comments:

  • Had to use this for a class, the content was generally pretty good. The authors cover the critical concepts generally well, but the verbose nature of the composition is unnecessary. I ended up buying “The Kimball Group Reader – Remastered Collection”, which has a much better flow and an engaging read, plus it is much more economical. Unlike the price for MDBM edition 12 — beyond reasonable! Even for the rental.
    Such is the racket that Pearson is known to have a near monopoly on the college and university market. FTC should investigate. Seriously, it is nothing short of racketeering.
  • Let’s break down one of his sentences:
    “The explanation earlier in this chapter of the database development process referred to several different, but related, models of databases developed on a systems development project.”
    Book is about 500+ pages, and probably could be reduced to 400 pages, if the author knew how to condense the english language, and use better words, around commas. I wouldn’t even consider it verbose, it’s almost like someone sleep talking.
  • Content was mediocre, but the presentation in the kindle version was terrible. The table of contents had so many headings (often more than one per page of content) that trying to move to a location in the second half of the book required a ton of scrolling through the list.
    I also inadvertently tried to open the book on one too many devices. Typically, Kindle books can be read on up to 6 devices, but this one balked on device #4. I got a warning that I needed to deregister it from a device to download it again. I tried doing so on my home PC and phone, so I could access from the laptop I use for the class which assigned the book, and it still didn’t work. I had to make sure that I had my iPad with me because that was the only device which could still access the content. Of course, I could have purchased it again. Given the price of this book, I assume that the publishers cracked down on usage on concurrent devices because they knew otherwise students would try to share it and they’d miss out on gouging as many students as they can.
  • I order this book for my husband and here’s what he wrote:
    Think of the worst book you’ve ever read in your life, now think of what could be a worse book, and I guarantee you that this book is worse than all of that.
    Think of experiences that were total waste of time, I guarantee you that this one is more awful!
    If you’re reading this book, I feel sorry for you, and it’s probably because it’s a required reading, because otherwise I know you won’t, even if you pay this ridiculous price. I actually feel sorry for myself now..
    If you’re a professor, I beg you, have some mercy! don’t do this to your students!
    The book is wordy and full of lengthy paragraph that don’t hold any useful knowledge within. Just take a look at page 32 and how the authors described the database evolution at pine valley furniture company using the story of Helen and Chris; complete nonsense and empty talkativeness.
    If someone figured out a way to deal with this thing, please let me know.
  • I bought this book for a course I was taking on DBMSs, and I found it to be extremely dry and difficult to read in terms of staying captivated – even for a textbook. I understand database management may not be the “coolest” thing to read about, but a good textbook will keep the reader engaged while teaching them something of value. However, the book did offer good knowledge about the basics of what a database is, its role in a business, how to cultivate one, and how to maintain one.
    The only thing that threw me off was that the product picture said “International Edition,” but nowhere in the product description did it suggest that it would be the international edition, so I made the assumption that the product photo was off. I ended up receiving an international edition, which I wasn’t totally expecting just because the post didn’t exclusively state that, and in my experience the seller states that up front. In terms of content, it wasn’t vastly different, it would just have been nice to know beforehand since international editions are significantly cheaper than US editions and if I had known that I would have bought my international edition somewhere else that offered cheaper pricing.
  • I am 5 weeks into a class using this book. i have 30 years of experience in the IT world and a lot of that with databases. this book seems overly complex and I’m not even sure if it even reflects what is done in the real world. big question I have is how much different is the global edition from the regular edition? can’t find that information anywhere. I think I have to look for other data modelling books to supplement my learning because this book seems not easy to follow. of course, you probably don’t have a choice about buying this book and are buying it for a college course so good luck.

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