Re: If you were going to learn...

Subject: Re: If you were going to learn...
From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002 18:04:53 -0800 (PST)

"Bonnie Granat" <> wrote

> ..about database technology, would you:
>
> (a) Learn Microsoft Access?
>
> (b) Take a class?
>
> (c) Read a book?
>
> (d) Give it up because you have to be a "techie" to understand it?

Before you learn about database systems, you really should learn about data
modeling and SQL. That's the conceptual basis that will make pretty much all
databases easier to understand. Lots of books and classes on this. I'd probably
say you'd be best to take a basic data modeling course, because data modeling
is as much an art as a science. And hardcore data normalization freaks can be
both irritating but educational. Its good to normalize, even if you don't have
to.

Once you understand data modeling and SQL, understanding Access, SQL Server.
MySQL, etc. will be a lot easier. The only exception I would make would be
Oracle which has a lot of proprietary things tacked on to their DBMS.

Have fun.

Andrew Plato




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