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Intro to DBMS

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Notes of Database Management System
Mrs Mousmi Ajay Chaurasia Lect.Deptt of INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Page 1
Data -
Data is meaningful known raw facts that can be processed and stored as information.
- Database is a collection of interrelated and organized data.
- Database Management System (DBMS) is a collection of interrelated data [usually called database]and a set of programs to access, update and manage those data [which form part of management system.ORIt is a software package to facilitate creation and maintenance of computerized database. It is general purposesoftware that facilitates the following:1.
Specifying data types and structures, and constraints for data to be stored.2.
: Storing data in a storage medium.3.
Involves querying, updating and generating reports.4.
: Allowing multiple users and programs to access data simultaneously.Eg. Of DBMS - Access, dBase, FileMaker Pro, and FoxBASE, ORACLE etc.
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Primary goals of DBMS are
1. To provide a way to store and retrieve database information that is both convenient and efficient.2. To manage large and small bodies of information. It involves defining structures for storage of information andproviding mechanism for manipulation of information.3. It should ensure safety of information stored, despite system crashes or attempts at unauthorized access.4. If data are to be shared among several users, then system should avoid possible anomalous results.
Eg. Of DBMS applications
1. Banking – For customer information, accounts, and loans, and banking transactions. [all transactions]2. Airlines – For reservation and schedule information. [reservations, schedules]3. Universities – For student information, course registrations, and grades. [registration, grades]4. Credit Card Transactions – For purchases on credit card and generation of monthly statements.5. Telecommunication – For keeping records of calls made, generating monthly bills, maintaining balances onprepaid calling cards, and storing information about communication networks.6. Finance – For storing information about holdings, sales, and purchases of financial instruments such as stocksand bonds.7. Sales – For customer, product, and purchase information. [customers, products, purchases]
Notes of Database Management System
Mrs Mousmi Ajay Chaurasia Lect.Deptt of INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Page 2
8. Manufacturing – For management of supply chain and for tracking production of items in factories, inventories of items in warehouses/stores, and orders for items. [production, inventory, orders, supply chain]9. Human Resources – For information about employees, salaries, payroll taxes and benefits, and generation of paychecks. [employee records, salaries, tax deductions]
File systems/File processing systems
A file system is basically storing information in data structures called ‘files’ in the operatingsystem and manipulating this information via application programs that manipulate the files.
Disadvantages of File Processing System
Data Redundancy
– Since different programmers create the files and application programs over a longperiod, the various files are likely to have different formats and the programs may be written in severalprogramming languages. Moreover, the same information may be duplicated in several files, this duplicationof data over several files is known as data redundancy. Eg. The address and telephone number of a particularcustomer may appear in a file that consists of saving- account records and in a file that consists of checking-account records.This reduanduncy leads to higher storage & excess cost also leads to inconsistency discussedin the next.2.
Data Inconsistency
– The various copies of same data may no longer agree i.e. various copies of the samedata may contain different information. Eg. A changed customer address may be reflected in savings-accountrecords but not elsewhere in the system.3.
Difficulty in accessing data
– In a conventional file processing system it is difficult to access the data in aspecific manner and it is require creating an application program to carry out each new task. Eg. Suppose thatone of the bank officers needs to find out the names of all customers who live within a particular postal-codearea. We ask the officer of data-processing department to generate such a list.We have 2 choices:-
List all cust_names & manually do the information required-
Ask the data processing dept. to have system programmer to write necessity application programeBecause the designers of the original system did not anticipate this request, there is no applicationprogram on hand to meet it.4.
Data Isolation
– Because data are scattered in various files, and files may be in different formats, writing newapplication programs to retrieve the appropriate data is difficult.5.
Integrity problems
– The data stored in the database must satisfy certain types of consistency constraints.Eg. The balance of a bank account may never fall below a prescribed amount (say, ICICI 2500/- ). Developersenforce these constraints in the system by adding appropriate code in the various application programs.However, when new constraints are added, it is difficult to change the programs to enforce them. The problemis compounded when constraints involve several data items from different files.
Notes of Database Management System
Mrs Mousmi Ajay Chaurasia Lect.Deptt of INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Page 3
Atomicity problems
– A computer system, like any other mechanical or electrical device, is subject tofailure. In many applications, it is crucial that, if a failure occurs, the data be restored to the consistent statethat existed prior to the failure. Eg. Before computer formatt,we require to have a backup first. It is difficultto ensure atomicity in a conventional file processing system.7.
Concurrent-access anomalies
– For the sake of overall performance of the system and faster response, manysystems allow multiple users to update the data simultaneously. In such an environment, interaction of concurrent updates may result in inconsistent data. Eg. Consider bank account A, containing $500. If twocustomers withdraw funds (say $50 and $100 respectively) from account A at about the same time, the resultof the concurrent executions may leave the account in an incorrect (or inconsistent) state. Suppose that theprograms executing on behalf of each withdrawal read the old balance, reduce that value by the amount beingwithdrawn, and write the result back. If the two programs run concurrently, they may both read the value$500, and write back $450 and $400, respectively. Depending on which one writes the value last, the accountmay contain either $450 or $400, rather than the correct value of $350.To guard against this possibility, the system must maintain some form of supervision. But supervision isdifficult to provide because data may be accessed by many different application programs that have not beencoordinated previously.8.
Security Problems
– Not every user of the database system should be able to access all the data. Eg. In abank system, payroll personnel need to see only that part of the database that has information about thevarious bank employees. They do not need access to information about customer accounts. But, sinceapplication programs are added to the system in an ad hoc manner, enforcing such security constraints isdifficult.

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