Comic Book on Relational Databases
The target audience for my book is IT professionals such as application developers, system administrators, or QA engineers who would like to acquire a new skill; it will also help database administrators who have experience with other database technologies such as SQL Server, MySQL, or DB2 but not with Oracle. If you’re looking for a more advanced book, consider these recommendations by Jonathan Lewis. My point is that every book has a specific target audience. There is even a database book for kids—The Manga Guide to Databases.
“Manga” are Japanese-style comic books. In this book, a fairy named Tico teaches Princess Ruruna how to manage the kingdom of Kod’s fruit-selling business in the absence of the king and queen. They design a relational database together and the fairy teaches SQL to the princess. They even discuss advanced topics such as query optimization, distributed databases, and replication! The book has attracted the attention of none other than Joe Celko—the author of eight books on SQL. He is of the opinion that even some IT professionals could benefit from reading the book.
Brian Hitchcock reviewed this book for the NoCOUG Journal and observed that “what [database administrators] do all day has become relevant to a much wider audience than we realize … databases really are a part of everyday life and are becoming more important all the time.” I’m glad to hear it and give the book five stars.