Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming
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Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming

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SQL for Smarties was hailed as the first book devoted explicitly to the advanced techniques needed to transform an experienced SQL programmer into an expert. Now, 15 years later and in its fourth edition, this classic reference still reigns supreme as the only book written by a SQL master that teaches programmers and practitioners to become SQL masters themselves! These ar...more
ebook, Fourth Edition, 817 pages
Published November 22nd 2010 by Morgan Kaufmann Publishers (first published 1995)
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Robert Beveridge
Mar 26, 2014 Robert Beveridge rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SQL administrators and developers
Joe Celko, SQL for Smarties 4/E (Morgan Kaufmann, 2011)

Full disclosure: a copy of this book was provided to me free of charge by Amazon Vine.

It had been a very long time since I had updated the Duration column on my spreadsheet, but I figured if any book warranted doing so, it would be SQL for Smarties. I knew it had taken me a long, long time to get through it (it sat on my desk at work for quite a while and I had no time there to get to it), but even I didn't know how long specifically. As of...more
You will learn a lot by reading this book if you have a basic grounding in SQL and are looking to stretch yourself to solving the most difficult SQL problems in a set-oriented way.
Good, but a bit over-rated. Some of the code in here is a bit obscure and most would probably have trouble finding use for it on everyday projects. Still neat, though.
Russ Painter
Extremely obscure geeky stuff. This is not the stuff you use every day.
Rejeev Divakaran
Somehow it doesn't cover the real challenges in writing SQLs.
This book taught me everything that i needed to know about databases.
Sep 27, 2008 Tonextone rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tonextone by: basuke
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