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Head First SQL: Your Brain on SQL -- A Learner's Guide

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

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    Approachable SQL training

    I was looking for a good exposure to SQL programming and it's uses as most Marketing Jobs now ask if you know anything about SQL.

    What surprised me was the layout of this book and the very friendly layout. I can easily see this book as the standard text for a high school, or college intro to SQL course!

    I have already bought the PHP & MySQL book from Head First and will probably keep adding other volumes to my reference desk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2007

    Jan Brady, smallmouth bass and Mr. Hobo ?

    I like developing programs, making computers do cool things: Especially things that humans find boring, repetitive or difficult to accomplish without error. However, I have never quite found the time to really delve into SQL. Why should I? SQL is boring. Right? You cannot make it say 'Hello World.' I knew how to write your basic SELECT statement after all: Using SELECT in ADO code is pretty much all you need. Right? Turns out that learning SQL can be made engaging. And fun'?'. I mean, a database including Jan Brady, smallmouth bass and Mr. Hobo the clown can only be... thought provoking, to say the least! Yet, by the end of 'Head First SQL,' you have a very solid understanding of the language, and realize how powerful SQL actually is. This book also teaches relational database theory, in a thorough, but very interesting way. You begin making tables haphazardly, and then use these incorrect tables to learn advanced SELECT techniques, such as using SUBSTRING commands to fill new, normalized tables. As I contemplate returning to school to either pursue a Masters in Computer Science or merely get a few MS certifications, the Head First books seem to be great introductions to unfamiliar or half-remembered territory. The Head First approach is unique, visual, interactive, very goofy 'think 'Electric Company' for adults', and ultimately very effective. Unlike the infamous Dummies books, these books use shenanigans to actually teach you the underlying concepts in a very memorable way. This book is a solid investment for anyone wanting to learn 'and actually understand' SQL and databases in general.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2007

    SQL made fun and CLEAR

    I've tried to learn SQL many times, but other books are so dry that I catch myself falling asleep. This one is actually interesting! It's got tons of graphics that actually help you see what's going on, instead of page after page of text like the others have. A picture really is worth a thousand boring words. More than worth them. One of the best things about the book is it gets into the WHY you should design your tables a certain way. I'd heard of Normal form before, but now I actually understand it. Great book. If you need to learn SQL, buy it. It's worth it. Although if you need a reference, buy something else.

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