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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2006

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    Are you working with relational databases and writing applications, performing administrative tasks, or generating reports? If you are, you're in luck! Author Alan Beaulieu, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that will show you how to interact with the data in your database. Beaulieu, begins by exploring the history of computerized databases, including the rise of the relational model and the SQL language. Then, he demonstrates how to create a MySQL database, create the tables used for the examples in this book, and populate the tables with data. The author continues by introducing the select statement and further demonstrating the most common clauses. Next, he demonstartes the different types of conditions that can be used in the where clause of a select, update, or delete statement. Then, the author shows you how queries can utilize multiple tables via table joins. He continues with a discussion about data sets and how they can interact within queries. Then, he demonstrates several built-in functions used for manipulating or converting data. The author continues by showing you how data can be aggregated. Next, he introduces the subquery and shows how and where they can be utilized. Then, the author further explores the various types of table joins. He continues by exploring how conditional logic can be utilized in select, insert, update, and delete statements. Then, the author introduces transactions and shows how to use them. Finally, he explores indexes and constraints. While this most excellent book demonstrates many of the SQL schema statements, the main focus of this book is on programming features. Filled with example code, you may use some of the code in this book in your programs and documentation. Basically, this book is here to help you get your job done--whatever it may be.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    Excellent Beginner Book

    Learning SQL gets you up and running with the language very quickly. The introduction is easy to read and the first instructions are well chosen. It uses an example that can be downloaded from the O'Reilly site and MySQL Server as the programming platform. I opened the book not knowing a thing about SQL and it has helped me plenty.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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