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Posted December 15, 2010
Outstanding SQLite Title
The Definitive Guide to SQLite Ed2 is a very well-rounded title that will satisfy database users at nearly any experience level. The basic information concerning SQL and how to interact with the Command Line Program (CLP) will equip the interested college student or new hobbyist while information on extending the C API and using your favorite scripting language to embed SQLite in your own applications is detailed and comprehensive enough to suit seasoned developers. The book offers a balanced mix of theory, explanations, and example code that are concise and relevant to the topic at hand. The concepts are also organized in a logical fashion from an introduction to data basics to implementing real-world scenarios. The first two chapters provide a formal introduction to SQLite concerning its purpose, philosophy, and high level architecture. It then walks you through the options for downloading SQLite from the SQLite website and beginning to use the CLP. Chapters 3-4 delve into using SQL with SQLite, and the content is actually comparable to the SQL reference I have on my desk shelf. Seasoned developers should still sift through the information as some of it is SQLite specific. Chapter 5 provides the design specifics you will need to consider when developing your applications. Data flow models add to the value here as the author discusses connections, queries, aggregates, collations, transactions, locking, caching Chapters 6-8 are where the rubber meets the road! There is an ample amount of code and explanations here that walk you through interacting with the Core C API and Extension C API. Then, examples are provided on the language extensions for Perl, Python, Ruby, Java (including JDBC), Tcl, and PHP. So far, I have walked through the Python examples and most of the Java examples without a hitch. The book mentions the SQLite ODBC driver a couple of times but I wish they would've touched on it as well. And if that isn't enough for you, the author devoted new chapters solely to mobile development for iOS and Android. Information and screenshots on working with the development kits are provided as well as code examples. I also appreciate that the book said everything that needed to be said in 347 pages (yes, Ed2 is shorter than the 440 page Ed 1) instead of 600 - 1000. I've sifted through too many mammoth technical titles in the past few years that could have easily portrayed the same content in half the space. Thank you! The index issues readers had with Ed1 have been addresses in Ed2, so readers are now able to quickly find the desired information. Overall, I am very satisfied with this title as it has enhanced my understanding of SQL and database development in addition to proficiency with SQLite.
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