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I. Introduction to Databases and Database Design. 1. Golas of Effective Database Design. 2. Database Types. 3. Relational Database Fundamentals. II. Database and Design Process Techniques. 4. Understanding User Needs. 5. Translating User Needs Into Data Models. 6. Extracting Business Rules. 7. Normalizing Data. 8. Designing Databases to Support Software Applications. 9. Common Design Patterns. 10. Common Design Pitfalls. III. A Detailed Case Study. 11. User Needs and Requirements. 12. Building a Data Model. 13. Building a Relastional Model. 14. Extracting Business Rules. 15. Normalization and Refinement. 16. Microsoft Access. 17. MySQL. IV. Advanced Topics. 18. Introdution to SQL. 19. Building Databases with SQL Scripts. 20. Databse Elements. 21. Database Security. Appendix A. Exercise Solutions. Appendix B. Sample Database Designs. Appendix C. Glossary. Index.
Rod Stephens is a professional software developer who has built a wide variety of software and database applications in his 20-year career. He is the author of 18 books and more than 250 articles, and is a regular contributor to DevX.com (www.devx.com). Rod's clear, compelling writing makes it easy for less experienced readers to master new material. His current position as an adjunct instructor for ITT Technical institute has given him additional insight into the kinds of discussion, examples, and exercises that students find most helpful.