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

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

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by Lynn Beighley
     
 

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Is your data dragging you down? Are your tables all tangled up? Well we've got the tools to teach you just how to wrangle your databases into submission. Using the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory SQL learning experience, Head First SQL has a visually rich format designed for the way your

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Is your data dragging you down? Are your tables all tangled up? Well we've got the tools to teach you just how to wrangle your databases into submission. Using the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory SQL learning experience, Head First SQL has a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.

Maybe you've written some simple SQL queries to interact with databases. But now you want more, you want to really dig into those databases and work with your data. Head First SQL will show you the fundamentals of SQL and how to really take advantage of it. We'll take you on a journey through the language, from basic INSERT statements and SELECT queries to hardcore database manipulation with indices, joins, and transactions. We all know "Data is Power" - but we'll show you how to have "Power over your Data". Expect to have fun, expect to learn, and expect to be querying, normalizing, and joining your data like a pro by the time you're finished reading!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596526849
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/15/2007
Series:
Head First Series
Pages:
610
Sales rank:
257,465
Product dimensions:
8.08(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.23(d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Beighley is a fiction writer stuck in a technical book writer's body. Upon discovering that technical book writing actually paid real money, she learned to accept and enjoy it.

After going back to school to get a Masters in Computer Science, she worked for the acronyms NRL and LANL. Then she discovered Flash, and wrote her first bestseller.

A victim of bad timing, she moved to Silicon Valley just before the great crash. She spent several years working for Yahoo! and writing other books and training courses. Finally giving in to her creative writing bent, she moved to the New York area to get an MFA in Creative Writing.

Her Head First-style thesis was delivered to a packed room of professors and fellow students. It was extremely well received, and she finished her degree, finished Head First SQL, and can't wait to begin her next book.

Lynn loves traveling, cooking, and making up elaborate background stories about complete strangers. She's a little scared of clowns.

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Head First SQL: Your Brain on SQL -- A Learner's Guide 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GLeMahieu More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.