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Discovering SQL: A Hands-On Guide for Beginners

ISBN: 978-1-118-00267-4
432 pages
April 2011
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Teaching the SQL skills that businesses demand when hiring programmers

If you're a SQL beginner, you don't just want to learn SQL basics, you also want to get some practical SQL skills you can use in the job market. This book gives you both. Covering the basics through intermediate topics with clear explanations, hands-on exercises, and helpful solutions, this book is the perfect introduction to SQL. Topics include both the current SQL:2008 standards, the upcoming SQL:2011 standards, and also how to use SQL against current releases of the most popular commercial SQL databases, such as Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL.

  • Introduces SQL concepts, explains SQL statements, and clearly shows how to write efficient and effective SQL code
  • Uses a hands-on style and a sample database that incorporates all SQL concepts taught in the book; this database will be enhanced through the book as key points and lessons are covered
  • Covers topics such as how SQL interacts with the sample database via various interfaces, including vendor-provided utilities, programming languages, SQL clients, and productivity software
  • Includes appendices with primers on database normalization, set theory and bollean algebra, RDBMS software step-by-step setup guides, and database connectivity

Learn how to write effective, efficient SQL code with Discovering SQL: A Hands-On Guide for Beginners.

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INTRODUCTION.

CHAPTER 1: DROWNING IN DATA, DYING OF THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE.

CHAPTER 2: BREAKING AND ENTERING: STRUCTURED INFORMATION.

CHAPTER 3: A THING YOU CAN RELATE TO — DESIGNING A RELATIONAL DATABASE.

CHAPTER 4: OVERCOMING THE LIMITATIONS OF SQL.

CHAPTER 5: GROUPING AND AGGREGATION.

CHAPTER 6: WHEN ONE IS NOT ENOUGH: A QUERY WITHIN A QUERY.

CHAPTER 7: YOU BROKE IT; YOU FIX IT: COMBINING DATA SETS.

CHAPTER 8: WHAT ELSE IS THERE, AND WHY?

CHAPTER 9: OPTIMIZING PERFORMANCE.

CHAPTER 10: MULTIUSER ENVIRONMENT.

CHAPTER 11: WORKING WITH UNSTRUCTURED AND SEMISTRUCTURED DATA.

CHAPTER 12: NOT BY SQL ALONE.

APPENDIX A: INSTALLING RDBMSS RDBMS SOFTWARE.

APPENDIX B: ACCESSING RDBMSS.

APPENDIX C: ACCESSING RDBMSS WITH THE SQUIRREL UNIVERSAL SQL CLIENT.

APPENDIX D: INSTALLING THE LIBRARY DATABASE.

INDEX.

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Alex Kriegel is an enterprise systems architect for the Oregon Health Authority, State of Oregon. He has more than 20 years of professional database and software development experience and holds numerous certifications, including MCTS, PMP from Project Management Institute, TOGAF 8 Certified Practitioner from The Open Architecture Group, and Certified Scrum Master from Scrum Alliance.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

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Appendix B: Installing the RDMBSs Software 4.06 MB Click to Download
Appendix C: Accessing RDMBSs 1.48 MB Click to Download
Appendix D: Accessing RDBMSs with the SQuirreL Universal SQL Client 2.67 MB Click to Download
ReadMe 357 bytes Click to Download
Complete Code Download 215.77 KB Click to Download
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Do you think you've discovered an error in this book? Please check the list of errata below to see if we've already addressed the error. If not, please submit the error via our Errata Form. We will attempt to verify your error; if you're right, we will post a correction below.

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Missing 'myLibrary' Table

Missing file can be downloaded at:

http://agilitator.com/discoveringsql/chapters/ch01/DiscoveringSQL.Chapter1.sql
06/06/2011
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