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The Manga Guide To Databases

As I’m currently teaching databases in my computer science class, I thought it would be a good idea to freshen up my memory on the topic before making a fool of myself in front of said class.

Normal textbooks on the matter unfortunately seem to be rather boring with lots of lists and tables. (Ok, being books on relational databases this can’t be helped, but still…) Luckily the comic book industry has embraced the textbook market at least in Japan (and thanks to No Starch Press the English speaking world, too.) Let’s have a look at:

The Manga Guide To DatabasesKeep in mind that this is not an in depth book, but rather a small introduction into relational databases that touches the Why’s, Do’s and Don’ts as well as the most often used SELECT statements.
All of this is presented in the comic story of a princess who learns to run her kingdom’s fruit export business with the help of a database fairy.

It is certainly funny and immensly useful as an introduction or refresher.