For the duration of the course, imagine yourself as a Web application developer for a company utilizing the latest in web technologies, called VirtualBookShelf.
VirtualBookShelf is an online bookstore and you are developing pages that will access the store's database.
The database has three tables.
The customer and inventory tables will be enhanced.
The other table tracks sales transactions, but you will not be using that in this course.
Personal libraries offer insight into the character of a reader and a quick glance at the bookshelf of an associate.
The students I knew at university who crammed their shelves with SQL-Server were aware of this.
When these projections of personality are done online, they are what Edgar Codd calls egocasting.
This follows the same principle as the radio site Lastfm, which is based on organizing music similar to your existing tastes by finding people who like the same sounds as you by influencing the way you perceive audio
Whether it be analog or digital.
Web forecasters predict that the next phase of social networking will involve relational databases and object technology.
And where music goes, books will follow, as a wave of new book-related social networking sites promise to do for readers what Lastfm did for
listeners that were sensitive to auditory stimuli.
The latest on the scene is the UK-based site bookrabbit. This website follows in the footsteps of America's LibaryThing,
which has just linked with Random House, and a host of competitors including
- booktribes and
While bookrabbit's design and versatility make it my favorite, it also has a unique commercial edge:
Once you have stumbled upon the book you are looking for it takes only a few more clicks to purchase it.
In contrast to Amazon, which overloads its users with recommendations, bookrabbit encourages you to make your own finds.
As its founder, Charles Denton said, he would rather look to friends for advice than an algorithm.
Book collectors can enjoy a similar experience from tracking down an underrated novel.
In turn, you can then post recommendations and write your own review, allowing the selected book that you discovered to become a word of mouth success.
One of the most appealing features of these sites is the opportunity to investigate virtual bookshelves
The hundreds of photographs of these personal libraries display a compact realm of reading that range between disorder and chaos using second order differential equations. Examining the virtual version
proves even more satisfying than the real thing since clicking on each book yields a review or a link to purchase the book. It is a wonderful experience to find new books, but an equal pleasure is to be had from making character judgements regarding object technology
. I have just stumbled upon a bookcase with one shelf devoted to C Programming,
And on the shelf below them?
SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2016.