Today's businesses depend on their databases to provide information essential for their day-to-day operations and to help them take advantage of today's rapidly growing and maturing electronic commerce opportunities. The primary responsibility for the design and maintenance of these databases rests with a company's information technology department.
Unlike other IT resources currently available that tend to focus on a particular product, Database Design and Development: An Essential Guide for IT Professionals was created to give today's IT directors and other IT staff a solid basic knowledge of database design and development to help them make educated decisions about the right database environment for their companies. Today's IT professionals must understand the fundamentals in order to determine their next steps for specializing in the vast field of database technology.
Database Design and Development: An Essential Guide for IT Professionals answers such common questions as:
- What is the purpose of a database system?
- What are the components of a database system?
- What type of data does your company need to capture?
- How do you design a database for a particular goal?
- How do you capture information through data modeling?
- How do you determine which database will best meet your business objectives?
- What's involved in effective database management and maintenance?
- How are database systems used to interface with the Internet?
PART I BASIC DATABASE CONCEPTS 1
1 THE DATABASE APPROACH 3
2 OVERVIEW OF MAJOR COMPONENTS 36
PART II DATABASE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS 67
3 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE DATABASE ENVIRONMENT 69
4 DATABASE DEVELOPMENT LIFE CYCLE 93
PART III CONCEPTUAL DATA MODELING 141
5 DATA MODELING BASICS 143
6 OBJECT-BASED DATA MODEL: PRINCIPLES AND COMPONENTS 167
7 ENTITY-RELATIONSHIP DATA MODEL 206
PART IV THE RELATIONAL DATA MODEL 237
8 RELATIONAL DATA MODEL FUNDAMENTALS 239
9 SEMANTIC DATA MODEL TO RELATIONAL DATA MODEL 273
10 DATA NORMALIZATION METHOD 303
PART V DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION 331
11 COMPLETING THE LOGICAL DESIGN 333
12 THE PHYSICAL DESIGN PROCESS 351
13 SPECIAL IMPLEMENTATION CONSIDERATIONS 385
PART VI DATABASE ADMINISTRATION AND MAINTENANCE 423
14 OVERVIEW OF ADMINISTRATION FUNCTIONS 425
15 DATA INTEGRITY 446
16 DATABASE SECURITY 495
17 ONGOING MAINTENANCE AND GROWTH 525
PART VII ADVANCED DATABASE TOPICS 551
18 DISTRIBUTED DATABASE SYSTEMS 553
19 DATABASE SYSTEMS AND THE WEB 598
20 TRENDS IN DATABASE TECHNOLOGY 636
A Legacy System Models: Hierarchical and Network 687
B Codd's Relational Rules 692
C Diagramming Conventions and Symbols 694
D Use of CASE tools 700
E Review of major commercial DBMSs 703
F Database Design and Development Summary 712