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Free Online Database Classes from Stanford taught by Professor Jennifer Wisdom!

Melissa P.
Group Organizer
Chicago, IL
Post #: 12
You'll need to sign up for the course here: http://www.db-class.c...­

Starts Monday the 10th of October and ends Monday the 12th of December. I'm assuming it's every Monday night. If anyone wants to do these as a group, let me know, we can project the webinar on a wall somewhere. If not, I think it's going to be worth doing on your own too.

The description and FAQ are straight from the website.

Course Description

This course covers database design and the use of database management systems for applications. It includes extensive coverage of the relational model, relational algebra, and SQL. It also covers XML data including DTDs and XML Schema for validation, and the query and transformation languages XPath, XQuery, and XSLT. The course includes database design in UML, and relational design principles based on dependencies and normal forms. Many additional key database topics from the design and application-building perspective are also covered: indexes, views, transactions, authorization, integrity constraints, triggers, on-line analytical processing (OLAP), and emerging "NoSQL" systems.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the dates of the class?
The class will start October 10 and end on December 12.
2. What background do I need?
The course does not assume prior knowledge of any specific topics, however a solid computer science foundation -- a reasonable amount of programming, as well as knowledge of basic computer science theory -- will make the material more accessible.
3. What textbook should I buy?
We will provide detailed lecture notes of all the technical content, which will be yours to keep after the end of class. Having a textbook in addition to the notes is not necessary, but you might want to purchase one for reference, to reinforce the core material, and as a source of additional exercises. Naturally we suggest the textbooks by Ullman and Widom or Garcia-Molina, Ullman, and Widom, but other leading database textbooks (e.g., Ramakrishnan and Gehrke; Elmasri and Navathe; Silberschatz, Korth, and Sudarshan) are fine as well.
4. Will students receive a Stanford certificate or grade for completing the course?
No. You will receive a statement of accomplishment from the instructor, which will include information on how well you did and how your performance compared to other online students. Only students admitted to Stanford and enrolled in the regular course can receive credit or a grade, so this is not a Stanford certificate.
5. Will the text of the lectures be available?
The instructors hope to transcribe the lectures into text to make them more accessible for those not fluent in English. Stay tuned.
6. Can online students ask questions and/or contact the professors?
Yes, but not directly. Students can submit questions that will be aggregated. Top-ranked questions will be answered by the professor and the teaching staff.
7. Will other Stanford resources be available to online students?
8. Will other free online classes in computer science be offered this fall?
Yes. Stanford will also offer Machine Learning taught by Professor Andrew Ng, and Introduction to Artifical Intelligence taught by Professor Sebastian Thrun and Dr. Peter Norvig.
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