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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2003

    Red face Unanswered: SOS!! The Theory of Relational Database

    Is Anybody can tell me where to get an free(hopefully) elecetronic version of the books:

    1. The Theory of Relational Database (by David Maier, computer science press, 1983 )

    2. Foundations of Databases (by Abiteboul, Hull and Vianu. Addison-Wesley, 1995)

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Desk, slightly south of keyboard

    I can't help you with those particular papers/books but I can point you at modern equivalents.

    These guys (Chris Date, Fabian Pascal, Hugh Darwen) are well known for their theory and practical sense in the DBMS world. I would imagine their very names strike fear into the likes of Oracle, IBM and Microsoft :-)

    A lot of their work is grounded in Codd's principles, but they have also moved forwards into a much more modern world.

    I would recommend "Practical Issues in Database Management" and "Foundations for future database systems - the third manifesto".

    You can find the authors regularly hanging out on Initially they can appear to be rather aloof, but bear with them and you'll come to understand why. Send an email to Fabian, tell him what you're hoping to read and understand and he'll point you at a suitable paper/book etc. But for god's sake don't argue de-normalisation with him or you will bleed :-)

    In my humble opinion, these guys are simply the most well versed, up to date, practical and theoretical people in this field. They're also *very* widely published.


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