Media praise for The Manga Guide to Databases

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"If you are like me and learned things like normalization and set operations from a rather dry text book, you may be quite entertained by the contents of this book. If you would like to teach others about creating and using relational databases and you want it to be fun, this book may be exactly what you need... All the way around this is a solid book and I wish there were more like it in the IT world. "
-- JR Peck, Slashdot.org

"All in all, TMGD is a fun way to learn about databases and core concepts, but it’ll require a few leaps of faith."
-- Aspi Havewala, Blogcritics Magazine

"This is a most excellent guide to database technology and I wish I had it in my course on Relational Databases in graduate school...An Excellent and Fun introduction to Database Technology."
-- Ira Laefsky, Amazon.com

"If you plan on going beyond blindly using prefabricated templates in great software such as Bento 2 or FileMaker Pro, this book is a must buy. "
-- Robert Pritchett, MacCompanion, April 2009 Issue

"If you want an introduction to database technology, are looking for a quick refresher, or are seeking a fresh approach for teaching database technology, this book may be just what you need. "
-- Major Keary, Linux Users of Victoria Inc.

"I tested the book on a genuine teen, my son John...when I quizzed him about database design, he really had picked up the essentials. He told me about one-to-one, one-to-many, and many-to-many relationships; the importance of a primary key; and using transactions to avoid corrupting the database. And he remembered the most important rule: Divide your database into tables so you never store the same data twice. Not bad! "
-- Neil Rubenking, AppScout

"Ultimately, the book was a success. I wouldn’t kid anyone into thinking that reading and understanding this book would make a person capable of real database administration, but it does give a clear and solid foundation for further study, and in my case has whet my appetite for going back to fill in some personal knowledge gaps that I have been content to let exist for a very long time."
-- Matthew Helmke, MatthewHelmke.net

"Without a doubt, The Manga Guide to Databases was the most enjoyable tech book I've ever read...I loved this book and highly recommend it if you'd like a beginner's book with a fun overview of databases, served up manga-style. "
-- Rikki Kite, Linux Pro Magazine

"...does achieve what it intends, which is making sure you know how to understand what databases are and how they work."
-- Marielle Riley, Dr. Dobb's CodeTalk

"Whether you're new to the whole concept of databases, or a hard-core database geek, you need to have The Manga Guide to Databases. Really,you want this book."
-- Josh Berkus, Toolbox for IT

"If I was going to teach a class or introduce a non-technical person to the world of databases, I would most likely start here. The Manga Guide to Databases not only walks you through general database concepts, but reinforces those concepts with a concrete example that is easily expanded to cover more in-depth topics such as indexing, disaster recovery, and replication."
-- Brian Fitzpatrick, Blogcrititcs Magazine

"For an American audience, this is certainly an off-the-beaten-path approach to technical training. However, its ability to effectively plunge into a topic that can be a morass of arcane theory is undeniable. Over the years, we've learned to expect the unexpected from No Starch Press."
-- MacDirectory, March 2009 Issue, Page 46

"I suspect that shoujo readers coming to this book for an introduction to the subject will leave with a decent grounding in it."
-- Bill Sherman, Blogcritics.org

"This book is an excellent introductory book on databases. The author succeeds in presenting a clear, easy-to-understand guide to these database basics, and this approach would also well serve students interested in taking college level computer database classes."
-- Dale Farris, Reviews Coordinator, Golden Triangle PC Club

"This is a fun book, there is no denying that. The entire series does have a very clear target for the audience it is aimed at, people who technical book usually bore or fail. Which is quite a lot of people...If you’re in the market to learn more about databases and you hate normal tech books this is a great pickup. "
-- Paul Muller, The CaffiNation Podcast

"When I got The Manga Guide to Databases from No Starch Press I was all over it because the Japanese-style comics and educational content made it a super fun yet educational read."
-- Alicia Hagan, The Mommy Insider

"If you need to learn about databases and you're tired of the Databases for Dummies-type fare, pick up this guide! "
-- Jd Banks, Anime3000

"I would say this is a great book for college students, or twenty-somethings that want to learn quickly about databases. Again the information contain in this book is very basic, but it is enought to make you understand the basics, and whet your appetite for more."
-- Adam Barrett, Utahcon.com

"The Manga Guide to Databases is a must get for the up-and-coming computer user-friendly generation."
-- Kate O'Mara, Eclectic Homeschool Online

"This book is by far the best book I have read on the subject. I think this book absolutely rocks and recommend it to anyone working with or just interested in databases. "
-- James D'Angelo, Geek at Large

"...if you wish to become a database designer in the future, you should try to this book."
-- Kee Zhi Qin, rplib.wordpress.com

"...a light, impressively non-oppressive read, especially considering the technical nature of its subject."
-- Scott Green, Ain't It Cool News

"This book gets bonus points for having a thorough index and a 'frequently used SQL statements' cheat sheet."
-- Gabrielle, Bacon and Tech

"Somehow, it all works together. There’s an awful lot of information conveyed as Ruruna and Cain modernize their country, and I’ll likely refer to the list of “Frequently Used SQL Statements” again. "
-- Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading

"I really did learn the basic concepts involved in building and using databases. SQL (Structured Query Language) is no longer a total mystery to me."
-- Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Teen Services

"This a very good book for beginner to start learning databases with fun. "
-- Chetankumar Akarte, xfunda

"Should you get it? If you are taking the subject at that level right now, certainly. If you want to brush up, it's great."
-- Damien Kellis, Moe Check!

"...a nice high-level overview of databases, making it a good introduction to the theoretical concepts."
-- William Springer, Vulcan Ears Book Reviews



"If you are like me and learned things like normalization and set operations from a rather dry text book, you may be quite entertained by the contents of this book. If you would like to teach others about creating and using relational databases and you want it to be fun, this book may be exactly what you need... All the way around this is a solid book and I wish there were more like it in the IT world. "
--JR Peck, Slashdot.org