Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes [NOOK Book]

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Sams Teach Yourself SQLin 10 Minutes, 2E is a tutorial-based book, organized into a series of easy-to-follow, 10-minute lessons.These well targeted lessons teach you in 10 minutes what some books take several hours or days to teach. Instead of dwelling of database theory and relational design, this book takes a very hands-on approach to solving the needs of the majority of ...

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Overview

Sams Teach Yourself SQLin 10 Minutes, 2E is a tutorial-based book, organized into a series of easy-to-follow, 10-minute lessons.These well targeted lessons teach you in 10 minutes what some books take several hours or days to teach. Instead of dwelling of database theory and relational design, this book takes a very hands-on approach to solving the needs of the majority of SQL users who simply need to interact with data.

The reader of this book will learn how to:

  • Retrieve and sort data
  • Filter data using comparisons and wildcards
  • Use the aggregate functions to analyze data
  • Perform insert, update, and delete operations
  • Join relational tables using inner, outer, and self joins
  • Combine queries using unions
  • Use views
  • Create and use stored procedures, triggers, and other advanced database features
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780133048087
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 11/8/2012
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 142,196
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author


Ben Forta is Allaire Corporation's product evangelist for the ColdFusion product line. He has over 15 years of experience in the computer industry in product development, support, training, and product marketing. Ben is the author of the popular ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit and Advanced ColdFusion 4 Development (both published by Que) and Sams Teach Yourself HomeSite in 24 Hours (published by Sams). He has extensive experience in database design and development, has implemented database integration for several highly successful commercial software programs, and is a frequent lecturer and columnist on Internet and database technologies. Born in London, England, and educated in London, New York, and Los Angeles, Ben now lives in Oak Park, Michigan with his wife Marcy and their five children.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Understanding SQL 5
2 Retrieving Data 13
3 Sorting Retrieved Data 19
4 Filtering Data 26
5 Advanced Data Filtering 32
6 Using Wildcard Filtering 40
7 Creating Calculated Fields 46
8 Using Data Manipulation Functions 56
9 Summarizing Data 66
10 Grouping Data 76
11 Working with Subqueries 85
12 Joining Tables 93
13 Creating Advanced Joins 104
14 Combining Queries 115
15 Inserting Data 122
16 Updating and Deleting Data 131
17 Creating and Manipulating Tables 137
18 Using Views 147
19 Working with Stored Procedures 158
20 Managing Transaction Processing 166
21 Using Cursors 173
22 Understanding Advanced SQL Features 180
A: Sample Table Scripts 192
B: Working in Popular Applications 211
C SQL Statement Syntax 225
D Using SQL Datatypes 230
E SQL Reserved Words 236
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Introduction

SQL is the most widely used database language. Whether you are an application developer, database administrator, Web application designer, or Microsoft Office user, a good working knowledge of SQL is an important part of interacting with databases.

There are lots of SQL books out there. Some are actually very good. But they all have one thing in common: For most users they teach just too much information. Instead of teaching SQL itself, most books teach everything from database design and normalization to relational database theory and administrative concerns. Although those are all important topics, they are not of interest to most of us who just need to learn SQL.

That is where this book comes in. Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes will teach you SQL, starting with simple data retrieval and working on to more complex topics including the use of joins, subqueries, and table constraints. You'll learn what you need to know methodically, systematically, and simply-in lessons that will each take 10 minutes or less to complete.

So turn to Lesson 1, and get to work. You'll be writing world-class SQL in no time at all.

Who is the Teach Yourself SQL book for?

This book is for you if:

  • You are new to SQL.
  • You want to quickly learn how to get the most out of SQL.
  • You want to do things quickly and easily in SQL without having to call someone for help.

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Placeholders for variables and expressions appear in monospace italic font You should replace the placeholder with the specific value it represents.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Good Reference for Beginners

    I found this book to be a reference for beginners when utilizing SQL. It's good to have by the desk side to use as a quick reference tool and is organized in a logical format

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2008

    I used this to prep for a job interview

    This is a great introduction to SQL. It starts slow and gives you the essential details to do a practical 'work unit.' To use this book as intended, it is helpful if you have some programming background and/or even just a little exposure to databases.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Good book for beginners. For anyone looking specifically to lear

    Good book for beginners. For anyone looking specifically to learn proprietary syntax, look to those books. I've read a lot of reviews about how this book isn't good to learn SQL server, but this book isn't about SQL server; it's about basic SQL fundamentals. There are free tutorials out on the web with interactive learning that outdoes this book. However, it's still a good touch and feel reference tool for those who prefer a hard copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2002

    Just the facts

    Great for beginners who just want to get started with what they need.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2002

    An insult to even say 10 Minutes

    Sure, the book is good, but let's not downplay the importance of understanding the full spectrum of SQL Server. Enormous catostraphic damage can occur from giving people the false sense of security that they can learn SQL in 10 minutes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2002

    Good Quick Reference

    This book is more of a quick reference on basic SQL. As a web application developer who doesn't use SQL query on a daily basis. This book is helpful on reminding me some SQL syntax that I know but cannot recall right away from my head.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2001

    WOW!

    I was very impressed having never worked with SQL before. I was writing queries within the first few pages. Being a light VB programmer, adapting was easy as pie. Highly recommended if you will be writing a front end in any programming language, or if you just want to interact with SQL from Word or Excel. Very well written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2001

    The BIG little book about SQL !!

    This book is simply amazing as the other books by Ben Forta. Very few typos. Very concise. Anyone serious about SQL should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2000

    An excellent primer

    An excellent primer. Read it in one nite. You can start turning out good queries, immediately.

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