The Manga Guide to Databases (Manga Guide To...) (英語)
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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.
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.
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The book is heavy with examples and ties everything into a "real world" example: how to create a database to organize the data in the protagonists' kingdom. The format of each chapter is the same: comic to advance the story and give context to the database concepts being introduced, followed by explanatory text and review questions. The book covers everything from "what is a database" to database security and data replication.
Before I could give the book to my intern to read our database administrator took it and read it. He had very high praise for this book - he felt it was an engaging, accurate introduction to database concepts. The book was equally helpful to my intern - the SQL examples really helped him out.
If you're going to be studying databases or need to become familiar with how they operate you won't go wrong with this book. You'll even learn basic SQL syntax...this book is a great introduction and good start to working with databases.
My other nitpick is one I saw raised elsewhere, which is that the SQL syntax used for joins is a bit weird. In particular the JOIN keyword is not used; instead the join conditions are placed in the WHERE clause. The place where I saw this nitpick raised suggested it was an older syntax. In general joins are not really delved into, but I can't really fault the book for that; it is not trying to be an in-depth book.
I'll edit this review if I can convince my 10 year old daughter to read it, with her thoughts.
No, I am not going crazy, I am just writing a review of a very interesting, "new style" tech book that tries to blend japanese mangas and technical instruction on database concepts..and as unlikely as this might sound, it manages it very nicely! If I had to sum up the whole book in a word, it would be "cute". And cute not only for the graphic, entertainment content, but for the tech one as well! It's a fascinating new way of teaching and I would love to see it explored more.. The book is very small, and I see it more as a "proof of concept" than a finished product, and this is very reasonable seen the innovative and original style that might or might be well received..I believe a book about 3 to 4 times its actual size, with a longer "story", more technical sections that are not afraid of going into the deeper o more complex real life scenarios, and a hefty amount of solved exercises could make a truly awesome text that would dominate the intro to database market and revolutionize the way we think about learning technical concepts. As it stands now, it's still a good introduction for kids or very young people (or older immature people like myself :), or for anyone who finds IT matters dry and unmotivating. Great tool to "reconcile" yourself to databases if you had quarrels with it trying to learn it in the past! And if you liked the "Head First" style, you' re going to love this!