Book on Information Modeling and Database DesignIncluding a Real-World Case
About the Book
This comprehensive text shows how to use IDEF1X information models to specify
business information requirements, policies, and rules, and describes how to use
these specifications to design and build high-quality database applications.
IDEF1X, a language for describing information structures, Thomas A. Bruce provides
a clear and practical text that teaches the reader to think about complex data
and business rules without being concerned about the particular characteristics
of the database management system that will be used for implementation. The text
addresses both those who want to know the why and those who want to know
the how of data-driven design.
Intended for use by managers, systems
professionals, and students, the text is divided into three parts:
One presents the general concepts behind databases, information management,
and information modeling in the context of Zachman's Framework for Information
Part Two fully describes the symbols and
semantics of IDEF1X, and speculates about the future of information modeling as
well as the evolution of the IDEF1X language to support object-oriented and rule-based
Part Three provides an extensive case study
of a California produce market, employing the concepts introduced in the book.
exercises and references, eight appendices, a glossary, an index, and more than
300 figures and tables complete the text.
"This book is one of the best-written technical books that I
have come across. . . . It should be part of every computer person's library."
L. Katz, IBM Systems Journal
. . valuable insights for both beginners and database professionals. I think it
will quickly become a leading book in the database field."
Frank, CASE Trends
beyond a mere definition of the IDEF1X standard, Bruce takes the reader on a journey
through the world of data modeling and data architecture using IDEF1X to explore
the impact that modeling decisions have on the business."
Meader, Data Resource Management Journal
". . . a comprehensive and coherent description of the pragmatic issues
of database design. . . . I would heartily recommend this book to managers and
aspiring-to-be managers in information processing organizations."
Chikofsky, Progress Software Corp
is not a dry theoretical book about language and syntax; it is a practical one
about how to tackle real information modeling issues, by someone with over 20
". . . lots of extremely useful advice.
. . . a solid, practical approach for modeling data and designing relational databases."
Watterson, Data Based Advisor
". . . the
best book on information modeling . . . "
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