DBMS Assignment #1


Writing Exercises(Elsmari and Navathe, 2013)

  1. Define in maximum of two lines:
    • Data
    • Database
    • DBMS
    • Database system
    • Database catalog
    • Program-data independence
    • User view
    • DBA
    • End User
    • Canned Transaction
    • Deductive Database Systems
    • Persistent Objects
    • Meta-Data
    • Transaction Processing Applications
  2. What do you mean by self-describing nature of the database?
  3. What are the responsibilities of a DBA and database designer?
  4. What are the functions of a DBMS?
  5. Discuss the differences between database systems and information retrieval systems.
  6. Explain the difference between two-tier and three-tier architectures. Which is better suited for web applications? Why?
  7. What are the advantages and limitations of Network Data Model and Hierarchical Data Model?


  • Elsmari, R. and Navathe, S. (2013). Database Systems -Models, Languages, Design and Application Programming. 1st ed. New Delhi: Dorling Kindersley(India) Pvt. Ltd., pp.1-27.

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