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Beginning SQL Joes 2 Pros: The SQL Hands-On Guide for Beginners [Kindle Edition]

Rick Morelan , Pinal Dave
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Several years ago a challenge was given to technology instructor Rick A. Morelan. Take downsized workers with little or no experience with computers or technology and turn them into industry certified technology experts. The proven material from this venture is now available to you as the Joes 2 Pros series of books and videos. This new approach has vivid pictures on almost every page that shows what you should see on your computer screen as you work through the material, and downloadable content, home practice labs, software, and fun review games available from the joes2pros web site. Starting with the basic lesson: "What is a Database? " this book helps beginners get comfortable with the SQL language. From there, you will walk step-by-step through the basics. 'Beginning SQL Joes 2 Pros' is the second edition of the popular 'T-SQL Joes 2 Pros' with updated content and a lower price. The language examples in this book can be used with any standard SQL engine. Regardless of your skill level, you too can evolve from "Joe" to "Pro" by following the steps outlined in this book.

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About the Author

Rick has worked more than 12 years at Microsoft and has attained over 30 Microsoft technical including certifications in applications, networking, databases and .NET development (MCDBA, MCTS, MCITP, MCAD, MOE, MCSE, MCSE+I). He has also provided training for NW University, Volt Technical Education, and Microsoft. In 1994, you could find Rick Morelan as an Alaska commercial fisherman. His computer skills were non-existent back then. You too can go from Joe to Pro in the world of computing.

Product Details

  • File Size: 9886 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Joes 2 Pros International (February 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NBZ8RM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Starting Point February 3, 2010
This book is a fantastic starting point for anyone looking to learn SQL, as well as start studying for the 70-433 Microsoft certification. Whereas a lot of books assume you already KNOW SQL, and are simply brushing up (even though they use terms like 'Starting' or 'Beginners'), this book really DOES start you from the very beginning, even explaining what a database is, and leads you very clearly through queries, joining, DDL, DML, and even things like stored procedures and security, all in a very balanced, non-threatening way. Never is there a wall that you hit, like you do in some books, where you're reading along, feeling like you're 'getting it', and you turn a page and nothing makes sense any more. Everything builds very nicely on everything else, and by the end, you truly understand everything you've gone through so far.

This is a real winner, and I very much look forward to all the other volumes in the series.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners January 27, 2010
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This book is highly recommended for people who know little to nothing about SQL. I was one of them. All the topics are explained in a simple, concise language, augmented with lots of pictures, which made it very easy for me to follow. This kept me interested from start to finish, which many other books failed had to do earlier. The video tutorials were of great help as well. The labs helped me fortify the skills that the book taught me. I cannot wait to start with Volume 2 of the series!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Training!! December 22, 2010
By Steven
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I was skeptical about ordering because I always see products online saying they're the best or that they will help you learn the quickest. When it comes to Joes 2 Pros they're absolutely telling the truth about the effectiveness of the product!

Your approach to training has been by far the easiest I've found, plus your instructions actually work unlike other books! I've tried other books that are supposed to be for beginners and they either leave out crucial steps or their sample code and instructions fail to execute.

I also love the fact that a you can read the book, view videos and then do labs or you can switch it up. This training caters to all learning styles! Bravo!

If you're a beginner (like me) or just feel the need to brush up on your skills, I highly recommend Joes 2 Pros.

*UPDATE* 3/5/2011
I took advantage of the awesome special to get the Kindle edition for $5.99! What an excellent option to have available for those of use who are on the move. Now I can always have my book with me on my Kindle for iPhone app and study when it's convenient. The digital edition is well done and displays perfect, even on the smaller iPhone display. If an image appears, just double-tap it and it zooms in so you can easily see it!
I'm growing more and more fond of this product and can't wait to continue my studies! Grab the Kindle editions when you have a chance because I really don't think you'll be disappointed. My next goal is to figure out how to attend the classes in Washington because I bet it would be just as great.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Succinct and very practical April 25, 2011
By 1shot
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I am still working through this book, but I wanted to share my insights on the book thus far. What strikes me most about the author, Rick Morelan, is that he is down to earth (refreshing) in his teaching approach and presentation, and places a high value on his students' (readers) time. He wastes absolutely no time jumping right into some extremely practical examples of how SQL works. He follows up lessons with practical labs/exercises, which help solidify one's understanding of new material. This method works really well with my learning style. As a sidenote, I realize there is more to SQL than what is presented, but the author's intention is not to cover every aspect of SQL. However, the core nuts and bolts that are in this book definitely help start the learning flywheel. I have another SQL book, but it was a bit over my head as a beginner. At this early stage, I needn't be bogged down in trivial aspects of SQL, but rather the core fundamentals, which are clearly explained in this book.

Important knowledge is presented in a succinct but very illuminating fashion. The labs/exercises help to solidify the new knowledge. I also have the accompanying DVD (sold separately, but worth it if you are a visual learner) to this book, and it marries up nicely with the book. On the whole, just seeing the birds eye view of how SQL operates and how things fit together will be a good platform for launching into more advanced topics, or diving deeper into topics already covered.

I am a one-man IT department, but to date have very little knowledge of SQL and SQL Server (not my responsibility, but I am quite interested, thus my purchase of this book!).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hi My name is Joe.and now I am a pro! Great book February 1, 2010
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OMG! finally a great tool. I love books like this. Rick has done a great job.
If you go to [...] and check out his videos. wow what a treat.
It is nice to have a guy who really wants you to master SQL. I mean the text size and screenshots are big enough for you to follow along and practice the labs.
I mean and the way he has it logically formatted to help you learn. I am buying his entire set on SQL. As a network engieer or admin, these books are a must. And so many so called experts create a so called academic version with too much fluff and not enought Puff! Rick Morelan's books on SQL give lots of Puff without too much Fluff! fantastic book...hit the ground running kind of book. yeah!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners
This book along with the videos got me started writing code. Excellent for beginners.
Published 11 days ago by Regina Willson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great for a newb like me!
Published 20 days ago by Les Puchala
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good one for beginners..
Published 25 days ago by Dipak
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful
Great book for getting started with SQL! The labs are also very helpful! I look forward to more from Rick!
Published 1 month ago by Shawn N. Hatton
4.0 out of 5 stars good one
Like the way the course was organized and having those bullet points after the chapters .

Good one for a learner/beginner
Published 1 month ago by Kary0430
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to start from scratch
Great book to start from scratch. Very well explained! I love the practicity of it, I was able to start building my own queries in minutes!!!
Published 1 month ago by lmorales
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent info but all of the downloads referenced do not ...
Excellent info but all of the downloads referenced do not apply to ebook so you could only mentally visualize how to do everything. But, great info anyways!
Published 3 months ago by Maureen R.
1.0 out of 5 stars Unable to find website resources due to outdated instructions - waste...
Directions for getting the online resources are unclear, and the "video tutorial" on his site shows you navigating to folders that aren't even there on the site. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Thornberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good stuf
Published 6 months ago by sigor
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Introduction
This is a great book. I picked up this book because I was going to start a job using primarily SQL Server. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jason Smith
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More About the Author

Joes2Pros is the brainchild of Rick A. Morelan.

Rick has been working with Microsoft since the late 90s and has attained over 30 Microsoft certifications in applications, networking, databases and .NET development, including MCDBA, MCTS, MCITP, MCAD, MOE, MCSE and MCSE+. His SQL certification in 2008 is the 4th generation of SQL certification in Implementation, Administration, and BI which also includes (SQL 7.0, SQL 2000, SQL 2005, and SQL 2008).

Rick has provided training for Northwest University, Volt Technical Education, and Microsoft. He currently works as a Software Design Engineer in Test for the Windows Mobile group, Bellevue College, and

As the author of the "SQL Joes 2 Pros" book and video series, the focus is upon delivering the most effective and relevant learning material. Rick has comprehensive real-world knowledge in the subjects to prepare you for real-world troubleshooting issues while backing it up with the IT certification.

Rick lives near Seattle, Washington. Being someone dedicated to software designing and training, he is also an ardent charity worker. He trains service dogs that assist people with mobility needs. He also assists in walking the dogs and helps the puppies socialize more. Click here (See page 2).

Rick also happens to be in the Guinness Book of world records for producing the largest dog biscuit. To view the certificate, Click here

Rick has attended many trainings at Koenig-Solutions in SQL Server and C#.


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