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The Language of SQL

The Language of SQL

by Larry Rockoff

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Overview

The Language of SQL, Second Edition



Many SQL texts attempt to serve as an encyclopedic reference on SQL syntax — an approach that is often counterproductive, because that 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 to offer clear explanations and examples of what various SQL statements can accomplish. This is that 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.


Second, topics are organized in an intuitive and logical sequence. SQL keywords are introduced one at a time, allowing you to grow your understanding as you encounter new terms and concepts.


Finally, this book covers the syntax of three widely used databases: Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, and Oracle. Special “Database Differences” sidebars clearly show you any differences in syntax among these three databases, and instructions are included on how to obtain and install free versions of the databases.


This is the only book you need to gain a quick working knowledge of SQL and relational databases.



Learn How To...


  • Use SQL to retrieve data from relational databases
  • Apply functions and calculations to data
  • Group and summarize data in a variety of useful ways
  • Use complex logic to retrieve only the data you need
  • Update data and create new tables
  • Design relational databases so that data retrieval is easy and intuitive
  • Use spreadsheets to transform your data into meaningful displays
  • Retrieve data from multiple tables via joins, subqueries, views, and set logic
  • Create, modify, and execute stored procedures
  • Install Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, or Oracle


Contents at a Glance


1 Relational Databases and SQL
2 Basic Data Retrieval
3 Calculated Fields and Aliases
4 Using Functions
5 Sorting Data
6 Selection Criteria
7 Boolean Logic
8 Conditional Logic
9 Summarizing Data
10 Subtotals and Crosstabs
11 Inner Joins
12 Outer Joins
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


A Getting Started with Microsoft SQL Server
B Getting Started with MySQL
C Getting Started with Oracle


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780134658339
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 07/26/2016
Series: Learning
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,111,564
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

LARRY ROCKOFF has been involved with SQL and business intelligence development for many years. His primary area of interest is using reporting tools to explore and analyze data in complex databases. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, with a specialization in Management Science. He currently works with data warehouse and reporting applications for a major retail pharmacy. He also maintains a website that features book reviews on technology topics, focusing on analytics and business intelligence as well as broader societal issues at larryrockoff.com

Table of Contents

1 Relational Databases and SQL

2 Basic Data Retrieval

3 Calculated Fields and Aliases

4 Using Functions

5 Sorting Data

6 Selection Criteria

7 Boolean Logic

8 Conditional Logic

9 Summarizing Data

10 Subtotals and Crosstabs

11 Inner Joins

12 Outer Joins

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 Using Excel

Appendix A: Getting Started with Microsoft SQL Server

Appendix B: Getting Started with MySQL

Appendix C: Getting Started with Oracle

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