Learn Database Management from Tiko the Fairy!
folks think that it takes a fairy to teach DBA topics, but who would
have guessed that a fairy DBA book would be so popular? I was shocked to see that one of the
bestselling database books on Amazon (ASR < 600) is a cartoon book
Manga Guide to Databases”:
Here is part of the synopsis, clearly an
alternative to traditional books on database management:
"Want to learn
about databases without the tedium? With its unique combination
of Japanese-style comics and serious educational content, The
Manga Guide to Databases is just the book for you.
Princess Ruruna is stressed out. With the king and queen away,
she has to manage the Kingdom of Kod's humongous fruit-selling
empire. Overseas departments, scads of inventory, conflicting
prices, and so many customers! It's all such a confusing mess.
But a mysterious book and a helpful fairy promise to solve her
organizational problems—with the practical magic of databases.
Now you might
think that this is some "for Dummies" overview of database
"In The Manga
Guide to Databases, Tico the fairy teaches the Princess how to
simplify her data management. We follow along as they design a
relational database, understand the entity-relationship model,
perform basic database operations, and delve into more advanced
As a fairy, Tico
is uniquely qualified to teach SQL as well as advanced DBA topics
such as concurrency management and replication:
Once the Princess is familiar with transactions and
basic SQL statements, she can keep her data timely and accurate
for the entire kingdom. Finally, Tico explains ways to make the
database more efficient and secure, and they discuss methods for
concurrency and replication.
Examples and exercises (with answer keys) help you learn, and an
appendix of frequently used SQL statements gives the tools you
need to create and maintain full-featured databases."
Yes, I know that
there are already fairies who teach database management, but
Tico looks like she has real promise as a "Fairy Good DBA" . .