A First Course in Database Systems (3rd Edition) by Jennifer Widom, Jeffery D. Ullman

By Jennifer Widom, Jeffery D. Ullman

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For Database structures and Database layout and alertness classes provided on the junior, senior, and graduate degrees in laptop technological know-how departments.

Written by means of famous computing device scientists, this obtainable and succinct creation to database platforms makes a speciality of database layout and use. The authors offer in-depth assurance of databases from the perspective of the database fashion designer, consumer, and alertness programmer, leaving implementation for later classes. it's the first database structures textual content to hide such themes as UML, algorithms for manipulating dependencies in kin, prolonged relational algebra, Hypertext Preprocessor, 3-tier architectures, facts cubes, XML, XPATH, XQuery, XSLT.

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DROP followed by an attribute name. 4: Thus, for instance, we could modify the MovieStar relation by adding an attribute phone with: ALTER TABLE MovieStar ADD phone CHAR(16); As a result, the MovieStar schema now has five attributes: the four mentioned in Fig. 8 and the attribute phone, which is a fixed-length string of 16 byte In the actual relation, tuples would all have components for phone, but we know of no phone numbers to put there. Thus, the value of each of these components is set to the special null value, NULL.

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One purpose f these ID to make sure that in the company database each employee can be distinguished from all others, even if there are several employees with the same name. Tim the employee-ID attribute can serve as a key for a relation about emplov< In r s corporations, it is normal for every employee to have a Social-Securitj number. If the database has an attribute that is the Social-Securit\ number, then this attribute can also serve as a kev for employees. Note that th» is nothing wrong with tl '>*• in^ several choices of key, as there would be 6 employees ha\ , both employee IDs and Social-Security numbers.

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