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Intro to Databases, Video Lecture 1: Intro

Database Management system (DBMS) provides efficient, reliable, convinient and safe multi-user storage of and access to massive amounts of persistent data.

efficient – performance, thousands of queries/updates per second
reliable – 99.99999% uptime
convinient – physical data independence, high-level query languages, declarative
safe – hardware, software, power, users
massive – terabytes
multi-user – concurrency control

Database applications may be programmed via frameworks (Django, Rails)

DBMS may run run in conjunction with “middleware” (app servers, web servers)

Data-intensive applications may not use DBMS at all

Course focuses on DBMS itself

Key concepts:
Data model – set of records, XML, graph
schema vs. data – types vs. variables
data definition language (DDL) – set up schema/structure for a database
data manipulation or query language (DML) – querying and modifying

Key people:
DBMS implementer – builds system
database designer – establishes schema
database application developer – programs that operate on database
database administrator – loads data, keeps running smoothly

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