SQL: 1999 - Understanding Relational Language Components / Edition 2

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This book is the best way to make the leap from SQL-92 to SQL:1999, but it is much more than just a simple bridge between the two. The latest from celebrated SQL experts Jim Melton and Alan Simon, SQL:1999 is a comprehensive, eminently practical account of SQL's latest incarnation and a potent distillation of the details required to put it to work. Written to accommodate both novice and experienced SQL users, SQL:1999 focuses on the language's capabilities, from the basic to the advanced, and the ways that real applications take advantage of them. Throughout, the authors illustrate features and techniques with clear and often entertaining references to their own custom database, which can be downloaded from the companion Web site.

• Gives authoritative coverage from an expert team that includes the editor of the SQL-92 and SQL:1999 standards.
• Provides a general introduction to SQL that helps you understand its constituent parts, history, and place in the realm of computer languages.
• Explains SQL:1999's more sophisticated features, including advanced value expressions, predicates, advanced SQL query expressions, and support for active databases.
• Explores key issues for programmers linking applications to SQL databases.
• Provides guidance on troubleshooting, internationalization, and changes anticipated in the next version of SQL.
• Contains appendices devoted to database design, a complete SQL:1999 example, the standardization process, and more.

Audience: Database administrators, novice and experienced SQL users.

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SQL has been called the "intergalactic dataspeak" of interface languages for relational databases. This volume covers the gamut of programming levels and applications using the forth revision of the ANSI and ISO standards for SQL. In the context of database technology and languages, the authors cover SQL features, query expressions, applications, security, and management. Appendices further detail database design and the SQL standardization process. A companion website is offered. Melton is with Oracle Corp. Simon is a data warehousing specialist and author of the previous edition of this book, for which no date is given. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Jim Melton is editor of all parts of ISO/IEC 9075 (SQL) and is a representative for database standards at Oracle Corporation. Since 1986, he has been his company's representative to ANSI INCITS Technical Committee H2 for Database and a US representative to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC32/WG3 (Database Languages). In addition, Jim has participated in the W3C's XML Query Working Group since 1998 and is currently co-Chair of that Working Group. He is also Chair of the WG's Full-Text Task Force, co-Chair of the Update Language Task Force, and co-editor of two XQuery-related specifications. He is the author of several SQL books.

Alan Simon is a leading authority on data warehousing and database technology. He is the author of 26 books, including the previous edition of this book and the forthcoming Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence for e-Commerce, available from Morgan Kaufmann Publishers in early 2001. He currently provides data warehousing-related consulting services to clients.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Database and Technology Foundations
Chapter 2 - Introduction to SQL:1999
Chapter 3 - Basic Table Creation and Data Manipulation
Chapter 4 - Basic Data Definition Language
Chapter 5 - Values, Basic Functions and Expressions
Chapter 6 - Advanced Value Expressions
Chapter 7 - Predicates
Chapter 8 - Working with Multiple Tables
Chapter 9 - Advanced SQL Query Expressions
Chapter 10 - Constraints, Assertions, and Referential Integrity
Chapter 11 - Active Databases
Chapter 12 - Accessing SQL From the Real World
Chapter 13 - Cursors
Chapter 14 - Privileges, Users, and Security
Chapter 15 - Transaction Management
Chapter 16 - Connections and Remote Database Access
Chapter 17 - Routines and Routine Invocations
Chapter 18 - Dynamic SQL: 1999
Chapter 19 - Call-Level Interface
Chapter 20 - Diagnostics and Error Management
Chapter 21 - Internationalization Aspects of SQL: 1999
Chapter 22 - Information Schema
Chapter 23 - A Look to the Future
Appendix A - Designing SQL:1999 Databases
Appendix B - An SQL:1999 Application Example
Appendix C - The SQL:1999 Annexes
Appendix D - Relevant Standards Bodies
Appendix E - Status Codes
Appendix F - The SQL Standardization Process

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