Database Management Systems

Patricia Ward and George Dafoulas

Publisher Thompson: Middlesex University Press
ISBN 978-1-84480-452-8
RRP £19.99
Reviewed by Jim McGhie
Score 6 out of 10

DataManSystems This book, which is part of Middlesex University Press's Fasttrack Series, provides an introduction to database systems for first year computing students.

The core aspects of this diverse subject are dealt with in a straightforward and succinct way. Numerous examples and illustrations are used to drive home the more important points of the topics and to assist the learner’s overall understanding.

Early chapters are devoted to the established topics of database design, SQL, query processing and object orientated modelling and techniques. Whilst in later sections more up-to-date material related to enterprise infrastructures requiring databases to link to an internet front end are discussed. A separate chapter is also devoted to the subject of data warehousing.

This is a book which can be for self study, exam revision or cited in a university course reading list. The inclusion of learning outcomes at the beginning of each chapter provides an excellent way for students to understand the key messages of each section. A reading list is provided at the end of the book for anyone wishing to explore any of the topics covered in more depth.

My only criticism of the publication lies in its claim of providing additional learning support via the publisher's website. Despite a number of searches of the URL referred to in the book I was unable to locate this material.

I award the book 6 out of 10 in terms of subject coverage and value for money.