Don’t just skim SQL’s surface: Gain a real understanding of what it can do -- in less than 300 pages.
Alan Beaulieu’s Learning SQL starts with all the background you need: No SQL or database experience is required. In the first few chapters, you’ll walk through creating and populating your first database. (Download MySQL and follow along.) You’ll write basic queries, filter data, query multiple tables, work with sets, use built-in functions. Gradually, you’ll move to more complex tasks: grouping, aggregates, and subqueries; even joins, transactions, and indexes.
Beaulieu’s examples are tested with MySQL, Oracle, and SQL Server (and should work fine with most recent databases). The result: a book that’ll work in any environment, whether you’re building applications, working as an admin, or just trying to coax a database into coughing up the right information. Bill Camarda, from the November 2005 Read Only