Coursera Intro to Databases

  • May 16, 2014 · 6:30 PM

Meet up once a week on Friday evenings as we make our way through the Intro to Databases course by Jennifer Widom on Coursera.

This is not a python class, but a more theory based course, that will give an overview of databases, and include learning some SQL. You can read more about the class, why you should take it, and sign up here:

There is not an active session for this class scheduled, so we will be doing it as self-study, but following a past course schedule for pace.

For each week, prepare by watching the lectures, and at least attempting the homework. Here is the schedule we will be following:

Week May 9-16

  Lectures: Relational Databases, XML Data, JSON Data, Relational Algebra

  Assignments: XML Data, JSON Data, Relational Algebra

  Extra: Relational Algebra

Week May 17-23

  Lectures: SQL

  Assignments : SQL

Week May 24-30

  Lectures: Relational Design Theory

  Assignments: Relational Design Theory

  Extra: Reltional Design Theory

Week May 31-Jun 6

  Lectures: Querying XML

  Assignments: Querying XML

Week Jun 7-13

  Lectures: UML, Indexes

  Assignments: UML, Indexes, Midterm

  Extra: UML

Week Jun 14-20

  Lectures: Constraints and Triggers

  Assignments: Constraints and Triggers

  Extra: Constraints and Triggers

Week Jun 21-27

  Lectures: Transactions

  Assignments: Transactions

  Extra: Transactions

Week Jun 28-Jul 4

  Lectures: Views, Authorization, Recursion

  Assignments: Views, Authorization, Recursion

  Extra: Views, Authorization, Recursion

Week Jul 5-11

  Lectures: OLAP, NoSQL

  Assignments: OLAP, Final

  Extra: OLAP

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  • Ashley W.

    Does anyone know how long the each weeks course should last? I really want to go but it is a busy week and free time is at a minimum.

    May 12, 2014

    • Amy B.

      There seems to be ~2 hours of lectures a week, and how long it takes you to do the exercises depends, of course. It took me a couple of hours to do the first week's homework, but I have some familiarity with the material, so I expect it to take others a fair bit longer. Definitely don't leave it to the night before. It's a good idea to have at least attempted the homework before Friday, so we can help each other.

      May 13, 2014

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    A former member

    May 9, 2014

  • Georgia

    i'll join you next week

    May 9, 2014

  • Nicole

    Oh, darn. I've spent all day trying to recover from a crashed hard drive, and I'm fried. Maybe next week?

    May 9, 2014

  • Ashley

    I'll be there next week. Very excited about this!

    May 9, 2014

  • Debbie

    I decided to skip this week and go next week when I will have a car. I really like the idea of this study group. I wish I could go this week.

    May 8, 2014

  • KeeleyH

    Hi Amy, thanks for setting this up! I likely won't be able to attend this Friday, but will be there on the subsequent Fridays. This is a great idea for a study group.

    May 7, 2014

    • Amy B.

      See you next week!

      May 7, 2014

  • Aquaworld

    i will miss this friday, will be there next ! This is a great idea!

    May 6, 2014

    • Amy B.

      Go ahead and dive into the course and we will see you next week then!

      May 6, 2014

  • Debbie

    HI. I do not know the area of Palio. Is there a walkable max station near it? (Within a mile)

    1 · May 6, 2014

  • Nicole

    I don't know that I'll stick with this, since I'm just starting to learn Python, but Palio's close, and it would be fun to check it out. :)

    May 6, 2014

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