I suggest read a book before you dive headlong into the next shiny bright thing in databases. This book appears to be a good read, I’ve downloaded it to my Kindle and started it. So far it is very interesting and easy to read. If you don’t have any background in databases I would suggest reading an entry level book first. This review by I Programmer is a much better review than I would ever write, give it a quick2-minutee read. We are truly in the “next Generation” of database evolution, you need to pay close attention to what going on right now, or be stuck in the dBase/Paradox past again.