SQL Queries for Mere Mortals: A Hands-on Guide to Data Manipulation in SQL [For Mere Mortals Series] / Edition 2

SQL Queries for Mere Mortals: A Hands-on Guide to Data Manipulation in SQL [For Mere Mortals Series] / Edition 2

ISBN-10:
0321444434
ISBN-13:
9780321444431
Pub. Date:
10/08/2007
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley

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SQL Queries for Mere Mortals: A Hands-on Guide to Data Manipulation in SQL [For Mere Mortals Series] 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
[A review of the Second Edition.] From the ground up, the authors teach SQL. Not just the syntax, but more broadly, how to design a set of tables that will describe your data, and then how create and populate these tables. If you already know some SQL, you may be curious as to which version is described. The up to date nature of this 2007 Edition means that you're getting a good current description. Though in practise, given the slow pace of the SQL standards committees, a pragmatic answer is that the precise latest version known to the book really doesn't matter. The SQL syntax and methods given here have mostly been true (stable) for several years. So even if you are running a SQL implementation installed a few years ago, the book is still useful. Each chapter has several examples. But maybe to a beginner, the most useful chapters are those on inner and outer joins. Certainly, there are many other SQL books that talk about these. But the examples given in these chapters are unusually lengthy and detailed. The number of items (lines) in the tables are few. But the complexity of the questions and the ensuing SQL queries that use these joins is high. Which could be closer to real applications and more helpful than books that simply put out trivial examples.
PingOfDeath More than 1 year ago
Great Resource. Want to put on my nook for travel purposes.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Alan Alda once said in a M*A*S*H episode he wanted a martini so dry he could blow the dust off of the olive. Dry is exactly what I expected when I began any book regarding SQL programming. What a pleasant surprise to find wit combined with a thorough but easy-to-follow format in SQL Queries for Mere Mortals. John Viescan and Michael Hernandez have found the magic combination in writing the guide which enables the reader to easily understand the objective being covered without falling into a deep, deep sleep. Good job to the authors.