The need for database administration is as strong as, or stronger than, it was when I originally wrote the first edition of this book in 2002. Relational database management systems are still at the core of most serious production systems, and they still need to be managed. And this is still the job of database administrators. Whether you use Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, DB2, Informix, Sybase, MySQL, Teradata, PostgreSQL, Ingres, or any combination of these popular DBMS products, you will benefit from the information in this book.

But a decade is forever in the world of information technology. And even though some basic things stay the same (e.g., databases require administration), many things change. The second edition of this book ...

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