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About the Third Edition
Table of Contents and Sample Chapters
Major Changes in the Third Edition
We begin with a discussion of relational design, rather than E/R design.
There are a number of technical improvements to the discussion of functional
and multivalued dependencies, including the synthesis algorithm for 3NF and
the use of the "chase" algorithm to make inferences of dependencies.
We have added coverage of high-level design using UML.
Coverage of index selection and use of materialized views has been added.
There is new coverage of the database aspects of PHP.
There are two new chapters on XML-related material, including XML Schema,
XPath, XQuery, and XSLT.
Certain material, especially OQL and recursive Datalog, has been deleted and moved
Support Materials Available
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We have several
complete CS145 Sample Projects
Solutions to Exercises
Because the Gradiance (GOAL) automatic homework system is now available, we are not
updating the on-line solutions. Prentice-Hall is preparing a complete solution
manual available to instructors only.
However, we shall maintain solutions to the First and Second Editions of the book:
For the Third Edition
See The Errata Sheet for FCDB/3e.
For the Second Edition
The errata for the second edition are identical to those on
pp. 1-502 of Database Systems: The Complete Book.
The most recent errata for FCDB/2e are found in
Errata for DS:CB, but you should also
check First Errata Sheet for DS:CB and
Second Errata Sheet for DS:CB.
For the First Edition
Our list is growing!
Send us a correction to ullman aT gmail DoT com
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Slides and Lecture Notes
Check out the most recent CS145 Slides and
Documentation for Oracle DMBS
The CS145 Oracle Guide.
Here are CS145 Class Materials.
Materials from Second Edition Deleted in Third
Object-Oriented Query Languages (old Sections 4.1, 9.1, 9.2, and 9.3).
Recursive Datalog (old Section 10.3).
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