The Manga Guide to Databases

Maybe we’re seeing the start of a strange new manga trend in books. First came The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need, and now there’s The Manga Guide to Databases:

Cover of "The Manga Guide to Databases"

Here’s the publisher’s write-up of the book:

Want to learn about databases without the tedium? With its unique combination of Japanese-style comics and serious educational content, The Manga Guide to Databases is just the book for you.

Princess Ruruna is stressed out. With the king and queen away, she has to manage the Kingdom of Kod’s humongous fruit-selling empire. Overseas departments, scads of inventory, conflicting prices, and so many customers! It’s all such a confusing mess. But a mysterious book and a helpful fairy promise to solve her organizational problems—with the practical magic of databases.

In The Manga Guide to Databases, Tico the fairy teaches the Princess how to simplify her data management. We follow along as they design a relational database, understand the entity-relationship model, perform basic database operations, and delve into more advanced topics. Once the Princess is familiar with transactions and basic SQL statements, she can keep her data timely and accurate for the entire kingdom. Finally, Tico explains ways to make the database more efficient and secure, and they discuss methods for concurrency and replication.

Examples and exercises (with answer keys) help you learn, and an appendix of frequently used SQL statements gives the tools you need to create and maintain full-featured databases.

(Of course, it wouldn’t be a royal kingdom without some drama, so read on to find out who gets the girl—the arrogant prince or the humble servant.)

This EduManga book is a translation of a bestselling series in Japan, co-published with Ohmsha, Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan.

The book will be available on December 1st, just in time to order as a Christmas present for someone who’s into both programming and manga.

3 replies on “The Manga Guide to Databases”

The write-up is absolutely priceless. This would be a bit more shocking if it were entirely an American creation, but it’s a translation of a Japanese series.

The Japanese are not at all averse to using manga to teach all sorts of things, including how to draw manga… woah. That’s kinda meta. =D

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