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Practical SQL is an approachable and fast-paced guide to SQL (Structured Query Language), the standard programming language for defining, organizing, and exploring data in relational databases. The book focuses on using SQL to find the story your data tells, with the popular open-source database PostgreSQL and the pgAdmin interface as its primary tools.

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Paperback, 392 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by No Starch Press
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Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
So I've been taking a sql for data science course on coursera and I used this book heavily to fill in some of the cracks in the course. The book is portentous at times but mostly enjoyable, presented more as a cookbook than a textbook. Take for instance chapter six, the two page section entitled: "Using NULL to Find Rows with Missing Values". I found that to be an incredibly useful piece of information that would be left out of most textbooks on the subject but incredibly valuable. I was quite ...more
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Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Very great starting point into SQL and a solid refresher.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking to begin using SQL to work with relational databases, or someone who would like a refresher on some of the more uncommon or less used functions.

Very good explanations, fun to read and not dry or boring.
Great, approachable introduction to SQL basics. Using a real, robust dataset in different ways is super useful practice, vs. many of the approaches I've seen in online courses.
Sam McVicar
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A thorough and in depth intro to SQL
Earl Grey Tea
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
In order to develop into a new position at work, I needed to learn SQL to be qualified for the job. and W3Schools provide lessons on SQL. However, these online resources can have holes in their bodies of knowledge in addition to not flowing in the most logical manner.

Practical SQL is a beginner's guide to SQL but not to coding. The biggest challenge that I found in this book was trying to install PostgreSQL, the program that allows one to run a database on their computer. After two
Tolga Karahan
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book for newbies and people with limited knowledge on SQL. With this book you can push your SQL knowledge to the intermediate level. I think even experienced SQL developers can learn something from it. It begins from very basics of SQL and PostgreSQL and towards to the end you also learn about using regex with SQL, full text search, views, functions, triggers, using PostgreSQL from command line, practical tips etc... Also it uses a variety of interesting datasets about various subjects ...more
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Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
between 3 and 4... Very PostgreSQL oriented... For beginners.
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Anthony DeBarros is an award-winning journalist who's combined avid interests in data analysis, coding, software product development, and storytelling for much of his career. He's currently a data editor for the Wall Street Journal, focusing on topics including the economy, trade, the U.S. Census, and politics. He previously held positions with USA TODAY, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and the ...more