Concise Guide to Databases

A Practical Introduction

  • Peter Lake
  • Paul Crowther

Part of the Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science book series (UTICS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Databases in Context

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  3. Database Types

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  4. What Database Professionals Worry About

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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 303-307

About this book


Modern businesses depend on data for their very survival, creating a need for sophisticated databases and database technologies to help store, organise and transport their valuable data.

This easy-to-read textbook/reference presents a comprehensive introduction to databases, opening with a concise history of databases and of data as an organisational asset. As relational database management systems are no longer the only database solution, the book takes a wider view of database technology, encompassing big data, NoSQL, object and object-relational, and in-memory databases. The text also examines the issues of scalability, availability, performance and security encountered when building and running a database in the real world.

Topics and features:

  • Presents review and discussion questions at the end of each chapter, in addition to skill-building, hands-on exercises
  • Introduces the fundamental concepts and technologies in database systems, placing these in an historic context
  • Describes the challenges faced by database professionals
  • Reviews the use of a variety of database types in business environments
  • Discusses areas for further research within this fast-moving domain
  • Suggests a structure for a potential university course in the preface

With its learning-by-doing approach, supported by both theoretical and practical examples, this clearly-structured textbook will be of great value to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of computer science, software engineering, and information technology. Practising database professionals and application developers will also find the book an ideal reference that addresses today's business needs.


Big Data Database Database Administration Database Performance Database Technologies IT Infrastructure NoSQL Relational

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Lake
    • 1
  • Paul Crowther
    • 2
  1. 1.Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-5600-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-5601-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1863-7310
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-1781
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