Relational Theory: Building on the Foundations

I didn’t know there was so much I didn’t know!
—attendee at an earlier version of this seminar


There’s a great deal more to relational theory than most people realize. Of course, the relational model, which that theory is built on, is essentially quite simple—you can learn it pretty well in an hour or two, maybe less—but it has amazing depths, and implications that are yet to be fully explored. This one of a kind seminar examines some of those depths and implications. To set the scene, it opens with a preliminary overview of what the relational model and relational DBMSs are really all about—and even that overview might provide a few surprises, if your knowledge of such matters derives only from SQL. It then goes on to build on that foundation, taking closer looks at a series of important topics, the following among them:

  • – Type theory
  • – Updating
  • – Language design
  • – Constraints
  • – Database design
  • – Views and view updating
  • – Temporal data
  • – Missing information

Prerequisites: Attendees are assumed to be database students or professionals and to have at least a basic familiarity with SQL. Detailed prior knowledge of the relational model as such is not required.


Next virtual class: 16-18 May, 1:00-5:00 pm New York (ET) time

About C. J. Date

Chris Date has a stature that is unique in the database industry.  He is best known for his textbook An Introduction to Database Systems (Addison-Wesley), which has sold some 900,000 copies at the time of writing.  He enjoys a reputation that is second to none for his ability to explain complex technical issues in a clear and understandable fashion.  He was inducted into the Computing Industry Hall of Fame in 2004.

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