A brillant idea and an opportunity that no-one that works with databases (DBAs or Developers) should miss:
A free online course on databases:
This course covers database design and the use of database management systems for applications. It includes extensive coverage of the relational model, relational algebra, and SQL. It also covers XML data including DTDs and XML Schema for validation, and the query and transformation languages XPath, XQuery, and XSLT. The course includes database design in UML, and relational design principles based on dependencies and normal forms. Many additional key database topics from the design and application-building perspective are also covered: indexes, views, transactions, authorization, integrity constraints, triggers, on-line analytical processing (OLAP), and emerging "NoSQL" systems.
The istructor will be Professor Jennifer Widom, a ACM Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; she also received the ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations. I’ve already done my registration: I’m sure I’ll learn something new and useful and I’ll get a refresh of good old concepts…which is always a good thing.
A praise to Stanford University for this excellent initiative!
A big thanks to my friend and colleague Luca Zavaralla for pointing out this opportunity!