[SIGCIS-Members] Book -- "E. F. Codd and Relational Theory" - by Chris Date

Cliff Jones cliff.jones at newcastle.ac.uk
Mon Aug 26 01:58:48 PDT 2019

The title is E. F. Codd and Relational Theory (subtitle A Detailed Review and Analysis of Codd’s Major Database Writings), written by myself and available from Lulu Press, Inc. (www.lulu.com<http://www.lulu.com/>) now, also from other outlets (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.) very soon.   The following text from the back cover gives a good idea of what the book is all about:

E. F. Codd’s relational model of data has been described as one of the three greatest inventions of all time (the other two being agriculture and the scientific method), and his receipt of the 1981 ACM Turing Award—the top award in computer science—for inventing it was thoroughly deserved.  The papers in which Codd first described his model were staggering in their originality; they had, and continue to have, a huge impact on just about every aspect of the way we do business in the world today.  And yet few people, even in the professional database community, are truly familiar with those papers.  This book is an attempt to remedy this sorry state of affairs.  In it, well known author C. J. Date provides a detailed examination of all of Codd’s major technical publications, explaining the nature of his contribution in depth, and in particular highlighting not only the many things he got right but also some of the things he got wrong.
Of course, database theory and practice have evolved considerably since Codd first defined his relational model, back in 1969.  This book draws on decades of experience to present the most up to date treatment of the material possible.  Anyone with a professional interest in databases can benefit from the insights it contains.  The book is product independent.

If you’d actually like to buy a copy of this book—please note that the price is set deliberately low!—please go to www.lulu.com<http://www.lulu.com/> and check out the category “computers & internet.”  Alternatively, as noted above the book should be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and possibly elsewhere online very soon.

Chris Date

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