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Learning Relational Databases – Summer Fun =^.^=

31 May

Programmer Problems

 

Ooops, I dropped a course… 

In January, I was having serious issues with a class, Relational Databases.  I felt completely lost in the class, not necessarily because of the content, but because of the learning environment.  Reading about databases just was not cutting it and although I resorted to YouTube videos for supplemental learning, my professor’s requirements were unique.  I could understand the supplemental information that I found, but I could not correlate it to my professor’s teaching style.  When I asked for additional help, the language barrier left me even more confused.  So, reluctantly I decided to drop the class.  I’m saying all of this to say… I can run but I can’t hide.

Welcome to the summer session of Relational Databases… 

The first two weeks of this class has shown me two things 1) I wasn’t going crazy in January when I took RD the first time 2) I’ll learn all about relational databases after all.  The one thing that really stood out to me was the different ways to notate data models, which can seem confusing but was actually great for I could choose the style that I felt most comfortable with.  Although I would rather be doing more summery things, I am actually enjoying learning about relational databases — does that make me a nerd?

Just in case I’m not the only one in this boat… 

I have found a few supplemental educational tools to help me with understanding Relational databases, so I will share them here!

1) A friend and fellow blogger suggested the Manga Guide to Databases.  This resource has been a great tool in understanding the concepts of databases, while enjoying a really awesome story with subtle-but-funny references to database history.  This guide has helped me to stop STRESSING over learning and enjoy a story in the process.  I’d suggest this reference to any manga lover that also has to learn about databases lol.

2) YouTube!  Yes, YouTube is a distance learner’s best friend.  Reading is great, but having a visual aid helps in learning.  There’s also the added benefit of learning through different perspectives which helps tremendously.  I’ve found one channel of a professor that has all of his lectures for his Relational Databases course available in one handy playlist.  His teaching style is really laid back, however he explains the concepts in a way that’s truly understandable.

3) I stumbled upon a site that has practice examples for the different concepts of databases such as entity relationships and normalization.  The tutorials are straightforward, but the most beneficial is the practice problems.

I’m learning, and it’s awesome… 

I never thought that learning about databases would be interesting, but once I understood all of the areas that databases impact – I realized the importance of knowing all I can about them.  I shall continue to learn!

 

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2 responses to “Learning Relational Databases – Summer Fun =^.^=

  1. Brad

    May 31, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I just finished that class. I was not a fan of the professor (didn’t start engaging until week 4 and only after lots of complaints to the chairperson for the school). The theory side was super boring to me. When we got to using SQL, I enjoyed the class much more. All in all, it was a painful class. Good luck with it and let me know if you need help.

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    • CoderBug83

      June 1, 2014 at 7:10 am

      I’m not minding the theory as much, mainly because I’ve been diving into YouTube and other resources so it’s really interesting from different perspectives. However, I do believe I will start having more fun once we start the SQL portions. Stinks that you had such a disengaged professor, I’m finding that it’s hit or miss when it comes to snagging a good professor these days. I keep wondering if things would have gotten better in that class I dropped, although I don’t imagine how it could have. He was active, just not teaching effectively. Anyway! Congratulations with completing RD, and thanks for chiming in, happy to see you’re still hanging in there, maybe we will get another class together in the future!!! =)

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