Introduction to Databases

Introduction to Databases


In a small operation, the network admins or designers double up as database admins (DBAs). In bigger organizations, there may be dozens of DBAs specializing in the many different facets from design and architecture, to maintenance, development, and so forth. No matter what part of IT you work in, you need to store data at some point, and it doesn't hurt for pretty much everyone to have some knowledge of databases and how they work.

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The goal of this tutorial is to provide this fundamental presentation. We will clarify the basics of what a database actually is, look at the history, understand social databases, get into some fundamental ideas from columns and rows on up, touch different types of databases, get versed on some extra concepts to understand, and wrap everything up with a quick review of the significant commercial systems on the market today.

Generally there are no pre-requirements to this tutorial other than basic computing knowledge.
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