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SQL Cookbook

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by Anthony Molinaro
     
 

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You know the rudiments of the SQL query language, yet you feel you aren't taking full advantage of SQL's expressive power. You'd like to learn how to do more work with SQL inside the database before pushing data across the network to your applications. You'd like to take your SQL skills to the next level.

Let's face it, SQL is a deceptively simple language to

Overview

You know the rudiments of the SQL query language, yet you feel you aren't taking full advantage of SQL's expressive power. You'd like to learn how to do more work with SQL inside the database before pushing data across the network to your applications. You'd like to take your SQL skills to the next level.

Let's face it, SQL is a deceptively simple language to learn, and many database developers never go far beyond the simple statement: SELECT columns FROM table WHERE conditions. But there is so much more you can do with the language. In the SQL Cookbook, experienced SQL developer Anthony Molinaro shares his favorite SQL techniques and features. You'll learn about:

  • Window functions, arguably the most significant enhancement to SQL in the past decade. If you're not using these, you're missing out
  • Powerful, database-specific features such as SQL Server's PIVOT and UNPIVOT operators, Oracle's MODEL clause, and PostgreSQL's very useful GENERATE_SERIES function
  • Pivoting rows into columns, reverse-pivoting columns into rows, using pivoting to facilitate inter-row calculations, and double-pivoting a result set
  • Bucketization, and why you should never use that term in Brooklyn.
  • How to create histograms, summarize data into buckets, perform aggregations over a moving range of values, generate running-totals and subtotals, and other advanced, data warehousing techniques
  • The technique of walking a string, which allows you to use SQL to parse through the characters, words, or delimited elements of a string

Written in O'Reilly's popular Problem/Solution/Discussion style, the SQL Cookbook is sure to please. Anthony's credo is: "When it comes down to it, we all go to work, we all have bills to pay, and we all want to go home at a reasonable time and enjoy what's still available of our days." The SQL Cookbook moves quickly from problem to solution, saving you time each step of the way.

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You need a quick SQL query. Not a lecture. You need SQL Cookbook. There are 160-plus reliable, easy-to-adapt recipes here, for everything from simple record retrieval to data warehousing. Each one’s presented and explained as simply and concisely as humanly possible. And (except for one “bonus” chapter) everything’s cross-platform: tested for DB2 v. 8, Oracle 10g, PostgreSQL 8, SQL Server 2005, and MySQL 5.

Want to sort results by substrings? Combine related rows from multiple tables? Insert a new record? Copy a table definition? List tables in a schema? Extract initials from a name? Parse an IP address? Compute a running total? Determine next year’s quarter start/end dates? Fill in missing values in a range? Rank your results? Pivot result sets into a single row? Build hierarchical queries? Don’t waste time figuring it out from scratch: It’s all right here. Bill Camarda, from the February 2006 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596009762
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/23/2005
Series:
Cookbooks (O'Reilly) Series
Pages:
636
Sales rank:
414,171
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.98(h) x 1.11(d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Molinaro is a SQL developer and database administrator with many years experience in helping developers improve their SQL queries. SQL is particular passion of Anthony's, and he's become known as the go-to guy among his clients when it comes to solving difficult SQL query problems. He's well-read, understands relational theory well, and has nine years of hands-on experience solving tough, SQL problems. Anthony is particularly well-acquainted with new and powerful SQL features such as the windowing function syntax that was added to the most recent SQL standard.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Are you an SQL novice, journeyman, expert or a non-SQL programmer? If you are, then this book is for you! Author Anthony Molinaro, has done an outstanding job of writing a practical book that gives you the reader, a glimpse of what can be done using SQL outside of what is considered the typical SQL problem domain.. Molinaro, begins by introducing very simple queries. Then, the author introduces recipes for sorting query results. Next, he introduces recipes for combining data from multiple tables. The author then introduces recipes for inserting, updating, and deleting data, respectively. He continues by introducing recipes for getting at your database metadata. Then, the author introduces recipes for manipulating strings. Next, he introduces recipes for common number crunching. He also deals with data arithmetic. The author continues by showing you recipes for some of the most common date operations you will encounter in a typical work day. Then, he introduces recipes for identifying values in ranges, and for creating ranges of values. Next, the author introduces recipes that are crucial for everyday development and yet sometimes slip through the cracks. He also introduces queries typically used in warehousing or generating complex reports. The author continues by introducing you to hierarchical recipes. Finally, the author focuses on vendor-specific solutions. In this most excellent cookbook, you will find a collection of common SQL problems and their solutions that you'll find helpful in your day-to-day work. More importantly, this cookbook will help you take your SQL skills to the next level.
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