The Language of SQL: How to Access Data in Relational Databases / Edition 1

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Overview

Most SQL texts attempt to serve as an encyclopedic reference on SQL syntax — an approach that is counterproductive, since this information is readily available in online references published by the major database vendors. For SQL beginners, it's more important for a book to focus on general concepts and offer clear explanations and examples of what the various statements can accomplish. This is that beginner book. A number of features make The LANGUAGE OF SQL unique among introductory SQL books. First, you will not be required to download software or sit with a computer as you read the text. The intent of this book is to provide examples of SQL usage that can be understood simply by reading them. Second, topics are organized in an intuitive and logical sequence. SQL keywords are introduced one at a time, allowing you to build on your prior understanding as you encounter new words and concepts. Finally, this book covers the syntax of three widely used databases: Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, and Oracle, with special "Database Differences" boxes that will show you any differences in the syntax among those three databases, as well as instructions on how to obtain and install free versions of the databases. This is the only book you'll need to gain a working knowledge of SQL and relational databases.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435457515
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/3/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 188,283
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Rockoff has been involved with Excel and business intelligence development for many years. He currently works as a senior reporting analyst for a major retail pharmacy. His main area of expertise is with data warehouse systems and reporting tools. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, with a specialization in management science.

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Table of Contents

1. Relational Databases and SQL. 2. Basic Data Retrieval. 3. Calculations and Aliases. 4. Using Functions. 5. Sorting Data. 6. Column Based Logic. 7. Row Based Logic. 8. Boolean Logic. 9. Inexact Matches. 10. Summarizing Data. 11. Combining Tables with an Inner Join. 12. Combining Tables with an Outer Join. 13. Self Joins and Views. 14. Subqueries. 15. Set Logic. 16. Stored Procedures and Parameters. 17. Modifying Data. 18. Maintaining Tables. 19. Principles of Database Design. 20. Strategies for Displaying Data. Appendix A. Getting Started with Microsoft SQL Server. Appendix B. Getting Started with MySQL. Appendix C. Getting Started with Oracle Database. Appendix D. Listing of All SQL Statements.

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