The Manga Guide to Databases

The Manga Guide to Databases


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Want to learn about databases without the tedium? With its unique combination of Japanese-style comics and serious educational content, The Manga Guide to Databases is just the book for you.

Princess Ruruna is stressed out. With the king and queen away, she has to manage the Kingdom of Kod's humongous fruit-selling empire. Overseas departments, scads of inventory, conflicting prices, and so many customers! It's all such a confusing mess. But a mysterious book and a helpful fairy promise to solve her organizational problems—with the practical magic of databases.

In The Manga Guide to Databases, Tico the fairy teaches the Princess how to simplify her data management. We follow along as they design a relational database, understand the entity-relationship model, perform basic database operations, and delve into more advanced topics. Once the Princess is familiar with transactions and basic SQL statements, she can keep her data timely and accurate for the entire kingdom. Finally, Tico explains ways to make the database more efficient and secure, and they discuss methods for concurrency and replication.

Examples and exercises (with answer keys) help you learn, and an appendix of frequently used SQL statements gives the tools you need to create and maintain full-featured databases.

(Of course, it wouldn't be a royal kingdom without some drama, so read on to find out who gets the girl—the arrogant prince or the humble servant.)

This EduManga book is a translation of a bestselling series in Japan, co-published with Ohmsha, Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593271909
Publisher: No Starch Press
Publication date: 12/01/2008
Series: Manga Guide to Science Series
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 507,586
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Mana Takahashi is a graduate of the Tokyo University, Faculty of Economics. She is an active technical writer and has published a number of books on topics such as Java, C, XML, Information Engineering, and System Administration.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What is a Database?
Chapter 2: What is a Relational Database?
Chapter 3: Let's Design a Database
Chapter 4: Let's Use a Database - Basic Operation of SQL
Chapter 5: Let's Operate the Database
Chapter 6: Spread and Contribution of Databases
Appendix: Frequently Used SQL Statements

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Manga Guide to Databases 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
librarianbryan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just had to check this out to see what this series is like. This offered a really good primer on database principles. I don't like manga so I can't say that helped my experience any. If you are someone that liked manga I suppose it would help. There are still sections that are just blocks of text with diagrams. I also had the experience of event horizon of data overload that often happens with tech manuals.
BlankReg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent introduction to databases in a traditional (more or less) Manga format. This is one of a series of book which have been translated to English and published in the US and Canada by O'Reilly. Statistics, Physics, Calculus, etc. are all covered.The fact that these are popular enough in Japan to a) be published and b) be translated for export may be one sign why the Asia is kicking the US's arse at technical literacy.
testerab on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's actually a really nice book - the narrative format might seem cutesy, but what it actually does very well is what a lot of introductory technical books fail so badly at - it gives you a context for what you're learning. I've lent it to a couple of colleagues now, and the feedback I've got so far is that it's easier to remember the concepts they've learned from this book compared to other database books they've studied from. One of the problems I run into when trying to encourage people to pick up some new technical knowledge is that they get really intimidated by it all - but it's hard to be intimidated by a story book with a fairy on the front. Team it up with a really great reference guide - this is a tutorial book rather than a reference book.
MidiMagic More than 1 year ago
I have worked with databases for years, and this book explains it much clearer than any other book on the subject. It explains the division of data into non-redundant tables, primary keys, SQL, multi-user databases, database security, uses for databases, and distributed databases. The only thing missing is the GUI interface versions such as Access. The story is very cute, and keeps your attention. I did not want to put down the book until I finished it. And it is going to stay in my computer area as a reference. It is a great aid in showing others how to do databases.