Temporal Data & the Relational Model,
Edition 1
By C.J. Date, Hugh Darwen and Nikos Lorentzos

Publication Date: 19 Nov 2002

Temporal database systems are systems that provide special support for storing, querying, and updating historical and/or future data. Current DBMSs provide essentially no temporal features at all, but this situation is likely to change soon for a variety of reasons; in fact, temporal databases are virtually certain to become important sooner rather than later, in the commercial world as well as in academia. This book provides an in-depth description of the foundations and principles on which those temporal DBMSs will be built. These foundations and principles are firmly rooted in the relational model of data; thus, they represent an evolutionary step, not a revolutionary one, and they will stand the test of time.

Key Features

This book is arranged in three parts and a set of appendixes:* Preliminaries: Provides a detailed review of the relational model, and an overview of the Tutorial D language.* Laying the Foundations: Explains basic temporal data problems and introduces fundamental constructs and operators for addressing those problems.* Building on the Foundations: Applies the material of the previous part to issues of temporal database design, temporal constraints, temporal query and update, and much more.* Appendixes: Include annotated references and bibliography, implementation considerations, and other topics.Key features:* Describes a truly relational approach to the temporal data problem.* Addresses implementation as well as model issues.* Covers recent research on new database design techniques, a new normal form, new relational operators, new update operators, a new approach to the problem of "granularity," support for "cyclic point types," and other matters.* Includes review questions and exercises in every chapter.* Suitable for both reference and tutorial purposes.
About the author
By C.J. Date, Independent author, lecturer, researcher, and consultant, specializing in relational database technology; Hugh Darwen, Warwick University, UK and Nikos Lorentzos, Professor at the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
Table of Contents
Preface. Part I Preliminaries: A Review of Relational Concepts. An Overview of Tutorial D. Part II Laying the Foundation: Time and the Database. What Is the Problem? Intervals. Opeartors on Intervals. The EXPAND and COLLAPSE Operators. The PACK and UNPACK Operators. Generalizing the Relational Operators. Part III Building on the Foundations: Database Design. Integrity Constraints I: Candidate Keys and Related Constraints. Integrity Constraints II: General Constraints. Database Queries. Database Updates. Stated Times and Logged Times. Point and Interval Types Revisited. Appendixes: Implementation Considerations. Generalizing the EXPAND and COLLAPSE Operators. References and Bibliography. Index.
Book details
ISBN: 9781558608559
Page Count: 422
Retail Price : £55.99
advanced relational database professionals and researchers, academic researchers, graduate students