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SQL for Dummies (For Dummies)

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See how SQL interfaces with today's environments

Start building and using relational databases with SQL's newest features

The database may be the twenty-first century filing cabinet, but building one is a little more complex than sliding drawers into a metal box. With this book to guide you through all the newest features of SQL, you'll soon be whipping up relational datab
ebook, 432 pages
Published February 23rd 2011 by For Dummies (first published 1997)
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Nov 23, 2016 Katy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A good introduction for someone who has never used SQL before. Don't use this book for instructions on how to do complicated queries, but do read it if you want to know what sql does, and basic commands and how to use them. this is the first technical text which i felt able to read from cover to cover, rather than giving up at chapter 2.
Finished my exploratory read of this book. It reminded me of my IUN days and data structures class. Although this book is a bit out dated, it was a good reintroduction to SQL. I'm not sure if I will continue with my SQL adventures, but if I had too, I would.
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It is rather a okay-okay but funny book. Yeah, funny! And I actually admire Allen's friendly conduct throughout the book. Yet, I wouldn't say it is a great book 'cause often enough, whenever I felt like that the topic needs further explanation and examples, Allen just jumps to the next topic and often enough he would delve needlessly into something very clear. He would literally go by the name of the book. Like, " If the expression evaluates to True, the predicate returns TRUE; (well of course ...more
Aug 04, 2012 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually read a newer version than this, but the 6th edition was not shown here. It is fine for a teaching/reference guide, but like with a lot of coding or problem-solving situations, there was not much in the way of hands-on work suggested here. Best thing to have done was to have included some way to have put a creatable database into the lesson, and given some sort of chapter-by-chapter guide to add onto that database/learn the ins and outs of SQL.
Jul 11, 2013 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A great book to 'Drop' into when you need that bit of clarification - or it's been a while since you've had to do something away from the norm.

I'd recommend this to any techie who either is an SQL jockie or has the occasional requirement for using SQL 'In Anger'.
Umm...I learned that the next time, when skimming a book regarding any type of PC programming, make sure it was written in the current decade. The 1999 version didn't really get it done so after skimming through, really didn't read much.

Mar 14, 2016 Davy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book would be improved tremendously if the examples could be used to build an actual db. As it is now, it'll see use as a reference work.
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