Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 1

Volume 1, Number 2, Pages 28-33

December 1988

A Pedagogical Comparison of Two Database Management Systems

George Wright
Laurette Poulos Simmons
Loyola College
Baltimore, MD 21210, USA

Abstract: Database course objectives typically include introduction of the major database models, logical and conceptual database design to meet management needs, and various technical aspects involved in the database approach. In selecting a database management system to meet these objectives, many factors must be taken into consideration. Cost and popularity are important as is the ability of the product to create structures and illustrate concepts that are in the course textbook. In this research, we look at the functionality of dBase III+ and PC-ORACLE. Their ability to illustrate concepts found in popular texts to meet course objectives is examined.

Some of the important concepts that appear in database textbooks include data dictionary, data independence, data manipulation language, display mechanisms, high level language interface, data integrity, security and recovery, and structures or organizational models: networks, hierarchies, and relations. Understanding of these concepts and structures is enhanced by hands-on experience with them.

While no database product is an ideal pedagogical tool for all database courses, some products have advantages over others. This research compares dBase and ORACLE. The result can be generalized to similar products.

Keywords: Database, Database management system, DBMS, dBase III+, Database pedagogy, ORACLE, Relational DBMS

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Recommended Citation: Wright, G., & Simmons, L. P. (1988). A Pedagogical Comparison of Two Database Management Systems. Journal of Information Systems Education, 1(2), 28-33.