Database System Concepts – 6th edition By Abraham Silberschatz

books “Database System Concepts,” 6 Edition, is intended for a first course in databases at the junior or senior undergraduate, or first-year graduate, level. In addition to basic material for a first course, the text contains advanced material that can be used for course supplements, or as introductory material for an advanced course.

This text is intended for a first course in databases at the junior or senior undergraduate, or first-year graduate, level. In addition to basic material for a first course, the text contains  advanced material that can be used for course supplements, or as introductory material for an advanced course.

We assume only a familiarity with basic data structures, computer organization, and a high-level programming language such as Java, C, or Pascal. We present concepts as intuitive descriptions, many of which are based on our running example of a university. Important theoretical results are covered, but formal proofs are omitted. In place of proofs, figures and examples are used to suggest why a result is true. Formal descriptions and proofs of theoretical results may be found in research papers and advanced texts that are referenced in the bibliographical notes.

The fundamental concepts and algorithms covered in the book are often based on those used in existing commercial or experimental database systems. Our aim is to present these concepts and algorithms in a general setting that is not tied to one particular database system. Details of particular database systems are discussed in Part 9, “Case Studies.”

In this, the sixth edition of Database System Concepts, we have retained the overall style of the prior editions while evolving the content and organization to reflect the changes that are occurring in the way databases are designed, managed, and used. We have also taken into account trends in the teaching of database concepts and made adaptations to facilitate these trends where appropriate.

Customer Reviews

This book is a requirement for a course that I am taking. The book is riddled with errors. You can randomly open any page from the book- and you will find typos and confusing text. On some pages, the powerpoint slides for the book do not even match with the text of the book. This is the sixth edition of this textbook. I consider it inexcusable that the book has hundreds of typos even after being published for more than ten years. As another reviewer pointed out, the additional material that is needed for the book -like SQL schemas- do not even exist in the book’s website- contrary to what the book claims. Anybody who is considering this book should think twice. Please get it from the library – go through the book for a week to see what I mean- and dump the book for any book that should be better than this.

Another review:

I had this book for 2 concurrent Database courses and wished I had not even bought it. I could have learned everything from using the Internet. I would not recommend buying it, unless your instructor makes it a requirement.

Another Review:

I don’t know any better database textbook to recommend,but I know this book is not one of them. Beside mention of “unreasonable amount of error”, this book is not quite helpful. Some of the text is very wordy. Also, the author have been published new textbook EVERY YEAR. The homework problem is just flipping around. The chapters are just rearrange and re-word. I has to buy the new edition just because the homework problems rearrange.