Relational Database Events is proud to announce that
Chris Date,
the world renowned relational database expert,
will hold  a 2-day Master Class in Edinburgh
on June 7th / 8th, 2012.


'Database Design and Relational Theory: Normal Forms and All That Jazz'

Latest News: O'Reilly have confirmed that Chris' new text book of the same name, on which this seminar is based, has now been printed. Every delegate will receive a complimentary copy.

Design theory is the scientific foundation for database design, just as the relational model is the scientific foundation for database technology in general. And just as anyone professionally involved in database technology in general needs to be familiar with the relational model, so anyone involved in database design in particular needs to be familiar with design theory. But design theory has its problems ... and one of those problems, from the practitioner's point of view at any rate, is that it's riddled with terms and concepts that are difficult to understand and don't seem to have much to do with design as actually done in practice.
A new O'Reilly book on Design by Chris Date,
on which this seminar is based, is in production and confidently expected to be out in time for this seminar

In this seminar, Chris Date will:

    *  Review, but from an unfamiliar perspective, familiar aspects of design 
    *  Explore in depth aspects you're probably not already familiar with
    *  Provide clear and accurate explanations and definitions of all pertinent concepts
    *  Not spend a lot of time on well-known material such as 2NF and 3NF

Overall, the intent is to serve as a painless introduction to design theory for database professionals.

Note: Classroom exercises are an integral part of the seminar, and attendee discussion and interaction are encouraged.


"I was able to meet and learn from one of our industry’s iconic figures (C.J. Date). Nowhere else could I have learned relational theory and design as it was meant to be."

John King, King Training Resources, Scottsdale, Arizona

"The C. J. Date course produced by Method R was the best investment in my professional career."

Raji Ramachandran, Data Architect, Caxton Associates LP

"Refreshing my knowledge on Relational Theory has made me realize how important a good understanding is, to a database professional; so if you get the chance to attend one of Chris’ seminars grab it!"

Martin Bell UK Sql Server MVP

"A thoroughly enjoyable 2 days, thank you."
"I thought the venue was excellent.  The staff really could not do enough for you.  The welcome was excellent, the food really good and everyone eating together helped foster interesting discussions."

Claire Duncan, HSBC.

Chris Date is an independent author, lecturer, researcher, and consultant, specializing in relational database technology. He is, without doubt, the single greatest living expert on the relational model, having been involved in its development from the outset. He is best known for his book "An Introduction to Database Systems" (eighth edition, Addison-Wesley, 2004), which has sold some 725,000 copies and is used by several hundred colleges and universities worldwide. Mr. Date enjoys a reputation that is second to none for his ability to communicate complex technical subjects in a clear and understandable fashion.

A full and detailed description of the course itinerary is avalable here:
At the end of this web page is a link to a PDF file describing the seminar, which is suitable for printing.

This seminar will be held in central Edinburgh, Scotland, on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th June, 2012.
The price is £775 per delegate. This includes breakfast and lunch on both days, and full refreshments during the days. Also included will be a complimentary copy of the new book by Chris Date on which this seminar is based.

Discounts will be offered for bona-fide members of the academic community, and for multiple registrations.

Discounted local hotel rates are also available - please contact us for these details

All delegates will receive a copy of the seminar notes.

Delegate comments from the 2010 Chris Date seminar in Edinburgh included the following:
  • "I found it valuable learning the precise detail and terminology of the relational model."
  • "It was nice to see how a proper implementation would hold together logically across all levels of the dbms."
  • "I can't agree that Chris is 'overly' theoretical. There is a very sound logical basis to what he is saying"
  • "I particularly appreciated your suggestion of the Travelodge nearby. The proximity and convenience made the stay very easy. I was very happy with the food and facilities at the training centre. "

Registration is now open - please indicate your interest in attending as soon as possible, as places are limited.
Further details and Registration Information are available by email contact here: 

Photos of Mr Date by P.Tuffy


Peter Robson,
Relational Database Events
(first published February 2012)