Official URL of this page: http://www.cse.chalmers.se/edu/year/2018/course/TDA357/VT2018/
Material: Notes = course notes, Book = course book
|17/1 Wed||Lecture 1, Introduction||Notes 1, Book 1|
|18/1 Thu||Lecture 2, SQL 1||Notes 2, Book 6|
|21/1 Sun||LAB 0 DEADLINE||group registration|
|22/1 Mon||Lecture 3, SQL 2||Notes 2, Book 6|
|24/1 Wed||Exercise 1, SQL (Nickey)||Questions Solutions|
|25/1 Thu||Lecture 4, Entity-Relationship modelling||Notes 3, Book 4|
|29/1 Mon||Lecture 5, The relational data model||Notes 4, Book 2|
|30/1 Tue||LAB 1 DEADLINE||Lab PM SQL tables and queries|
|31/1 Wed||Exercise 2, Entity-Relationship modelling (Nickey)||Questions Solutions|
|1/2 Thu||Lecture 6, Functional dependencies and normal forms||Notes 5, Book 3|
|5/2 Mon||Lecture 7, Relational algebra and query compilation||Notes 6, Book 2,5,16|
|14/2 Wed||Exercise 3, Theory topics: relations and dependencies (Natalia)||Questions Solutions|
|15/2 Thu||Lecture 8, SQL constraints and triggers (Jyrki)||Notes 2,7 ; Book 7|
|16/2 Fri||LAB 2 DEADLINE||Lab PM ER and FD||19/2 Mon||Lecture 9, SQL in software applications (JDBC, SQL injection) (Jyrki)||Notes 7, Book 9||22/2 Thu||Lecture 10, Remaining SQL topics: transaction, authorization, indexes (Jyrki)||Notes 2,7; Book 6,8,10|
|21/2 Wed||Exercise 4, Constraints and triggers (Naga)||Questions Solutions|
|26/2 Mon||Lecture 11, Alternative data models||Notes 8, Book 11,12|
|27/2 Tue||LAB 3 DEADLINE||Lab PM Triggers|
|28/2 Wed||Exercise 5, JDBC (Alejandro)||Questions|
|1/3 Thu||Lecture 12, Industrial guest lecture: Johan Buratti, Spotify||Cassandra||5/3 Mon||Lecture 13, recap and exam preparation||Notes, Book|
|7/3 Wed||Exercise 6, XML||Questions|
|13/3 Tue||LAB 4 DEADLINE||Lab PMJDBC|
|16/3 Fri||Exam||old exams and a quiz|
|18/3 Sun||LAB RESUBMISSION DEADLINE||Lab PM|
The official course schema is in Time Edit
The course covers the basic principles of database systems as seen by users, application programmers and database administrators. A laboratory assignment develops these topics as a running example throughout the course. These include programming in SQL, as seen by a user querying or modifying an existing database, by a database designer, and by an application programmer invoking SQL from a host language. Course contents include:
The course is thus a typical first course in database systems, and occupies a traditional place in the curriculum.
The full description with learning outcomes is available in the student portal
The fastest way to get an answer is to mail the course's Google group https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/tda357-vt2018
If you have any general questions regarding the course, the labs or the exercises, please ask them in our Google group https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/tda357-vt2018 This will reach all teachers and fellow students.
We have made the group public, so that you don't need to ask for a membership.
See Time Edit for times and places.
Course assistants will be in the lab rooms to help.
Attendance in these classes is optional. Normally, each student should attend at most one supervised laboration time each week.
There are three assignments (a.k.a. "laborations", "labs"), written individually or in pairs. In addition, there is a "Lab 0", which consists of just registering the group.
The specification ("lab PM") is here
Reporting is done via Fire Before reporting assignments 1 and 2, you must run your program through a test suite.
The final deadline is Sunday 18 March for all returned and corrected labs. No labs will be graded if sent after this deadline.
We guarantee two gradings per lab: one for the version submitted before the ordinary deadline for that lab, the other for a resubmission before the final deadline. If your first submission is after the lab deadline, only one grading is guaranteed.
Labs are by default done in pairs:
The official course book is
Book web page
A new "international edition" was published in summer 2013. The chapters relevant to this course are the same, so either version will be OK. The book is available at Cremona and at web bookshops.
You can also use an on-line book manuscript, referred to as "notes": Databases in 88+ pages. Our plan is to publish these notes as a short course book later, and your feedback will be appreciated!
There are six exercise sessions. Each session is given two or three times; you are supposed to participate at most once at each session.
See Time Edit for exact times and places.
The questions will be posted a few days before each class. The answers will be posted after each class, to encourage everyone to try the exercises themselves.
Written exam, usual grading scales.
Date: Friday 16 March
Time: 8:30 - 12:30
Place: SB Multisal (Samhällsbyggnadshus), Sven Hultins gata 8. Your own cheat sheet permitted (double-sided A4), but a standard one will also be distributed.
The exam questions contain a [standard cheatsheet notes/db-cheatsheet.pdf], which is a reference card covering all E-R, SQL, relational algebra, and XML syntax that is needed in the exam. Your own cheat sheet is also permitted (a hand-written double-sided A4).
Exam review: TBA.
Old exams; these ones have the same format as ours:
Some more old exams, not necessarily similar.
PostgreSQL https://www.postgresql.org/ (the main software, used in assignments). Practical help about using the school's Postgres installation can be found in these PostgresTips.
QueryConverter web application. Support for E-R diagrams, functional dependencies, normalization, and relational algebra. Source: https://github.com/GrammaticalFramework/gf-contrib/tree/master/query-converter This is experimental teaching software developed to accompany the notes.