A First Course in Database Systems
Welcome to the home page for A First Course in Database systems, by Jeff Ullman, and Jennifer Widom.

See also the landing page for Database Systems: The Complete Book.

The Gradiance contract with Pearson (Addison-Wesley + Prentice-Hall) has terminated, and we have decided to turn Gradiance into a FREE service. If you are an instructor who wants to use the system, start by creating an account for yourself at www.gradiance.com/services NOT at the Pearson site. Note: passwords are >= 10 letters+digits, with at least one of each. Also, we cannot make an account be an instructor account for a book if the same account has registered as a student for a course using the same materials.

Then, email your chosen login, with the book whose materials you want, to support@gradiance.com We'll enable you to create a class using those materials. There are manuals at www.gradiance.com/info.html that should enable you to use the system without problems, but feel free to email support@gradiance.com if you encounter difficulties.

In addition, we have created eleven free "omnibus classes" covering Databases, Automata, Compilers, Operating Systems, Introductory Java, Data Structures, and Data Mining. Students wishing to join either one of these classes will find the Student Directions useful.


Note: this page includes links for all three editions of FCDB. Some of the links actually take you to the home page for DS:CB, or to a page devoted to the topic selected.

About the Third Edition

Table of Contents and Sample Chapters

Major Changes in the Third Edition

Support Materials Available

The materials below are available for use by others. Instructors are welcome to use them in their own courses, download them to their own class' web site, or modify them to suit. However, you must acknowledge the source of the original and not attempt to place your own copyright on this material.

Note: If you are creating your own materials for a course based on the book and would like to share them with the world, we would be happy to create a link to them.


We have several complete CS145 Sample Projects available.

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 and see yourself acknowledged on the errata page.

Slides and Lecture Notes

Check out the most recent CS145 Slides and Notes.

Documentation for Oracle DMBS

The CS145 Oracle Guide.


Here are CS145 Class Materials.

Materials from Second Edition Deleted in Third

  1. Object-Oriented Query Languages (old Sections 4.1, 9.1, 9.2, and 9.3).

  2. Recursive Datalog (old Section 10.3).

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