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Grant Allen has worked in the IT field for over 20 years, as a CTO, enterprise architect, and database administrator. Grant's roles have covered private enterprise, academia and the government sector around the world, specialising in global-scale systems design, development, and performance. He is a frequent speaker at industry and academic conferences, on topics ranging from data mining to compliance, and technologies such as databases (DB2, Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL), content management, collaboration, disruptive innovation, and mobile ecosystems like Android. His first Android application was a task list to remind him to finish all his other unfinished Android projects. Grant works for Google, and in his spare time is completing a Ph.D on building innovative high-technology environments. Grant is the author of Beginning DB2, and lead author of Oracle SQL Recipes and The Definitive Guide to SQLite.

Mike Owens is the information technology director for a major real estate firm in Fort Worth, Texas, where he's charged with the development and management of the company's core systems. His prior experience includes time spent at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a process design engineer, and at Nova Information Systems as a C++ programmer. He is the original creator of Pysqlite, the Python extension for SQLite. Mike earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
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  • Series: Expert's Voice in Open Source
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2 edition (November 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781430232254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430232254
  • ASIN: 1430232250
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Christensen on December 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Definitive Guide to SQLite Ed2 is a very well-rounded title that will satisfy database users at nearly any experience level. The basic information concerning SQL and how to interact with the Command Line Program (CLP) will equip the interested college student or new hobbyist while information on extending the C API and using your favorite scripting language to embed SQLite in your own applications is detailed and comprehensive enough to suit seasoned developers. The book offers a balanced mix of theory, explanations, and example code that are concise and relevant to the topic at hand. The concepts are also organized in a logical fashion from an introduction to data basics to implementing real-world scenarios.

The first two chapters provide a formal introduction to SQLite concerning its purpose, philosophy, and high level architecture. It then walks you through the options for downloading SQLite from the SQLite website and beginning to use the CLP.

Chapters 3-4 delve into using SQL with SQLite, and the content is actually comparable to the SQL reference I have on my desk shelf. Seasoned developers should still sift through the information as some of it is SQLite specific.

Chapter 5 provides the design specifics you will need to consider when developing your applications. Data flow models add to the value here as the author discusses connections, queries, aggregates, collations, transactions, locking, caching

Chapters 6-8 are where the rubber meets the road! There is an ample amount of code and explanations here that walk you through interacting with the Core C API and Extension C API. Then, examples are provided on the language extensions for Perl, Python, Ruby, Java (including JDBC), Tcl, and PHP.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Toribio Luna Luna on December 12, 2010
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I bought the first edition of this book when learning to develop mobile apps for the HP WebOs Platform since the webOs SDK documentation has little information on the topic I decided I wanted to learn more, so I got this Book.

Now in its second edition the book is even better for mobile development because it now includes two chapters dedicated to mobile developent, one chapter for iOS development and one chapter for Android Development with SQLite.

Just as in the first edition, the book has very good and detailed explanations about the use of SQL in SQLite, so if you have not been using SQL for a while or you are learning SQL this will be a great start.

After that it covers how to use SQLite in C , IOs and Android, and touches briefly language extensions in perl python ruby, Java, JDBC, TCL,
I do really recommend to go troought those chapters, even if you are goinig to use SQLite in just one environment, because it will give you a more complete view on how to use SQLite.

When trying to build the app for iOS it is important to notice that is has been built using the iOS SDK 3.1.3, so you got to be careful if you have installed the latest SDK version, at least because of my limited knowledge on iOS development, I couldn't build the app, but I guess that for somebody with proper knowledge of the SDK will have no problems at all

About the android development chapter the detail is very good, I learned a few interesting things from there, and I am looking forward to build the app, one little problem here, the downloaded source code in the Apress site, has a copy of the iOS app in the Android chapter, but I hope this is going to be corrected very soon, so I can build the app using the android SDK.

So for me is a great book in the topic, that you would want to read and keep at hand as a reference when developing mobile applications.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David M. Cravey on December 6, 2010
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I love the enthusiasm that the authors have about SQLite (it's contagious)!

The Definitive Guide To SQLite provides a fantastic level of detail (just enough to keep you from missing important details, but not too much). This is really great because I can strongly recommend this book to others knowing that they will be given excellent coverage of important details.

SQLite is a great library that provides a robust and very flexible database engine that can be directly embedded into your applications. SQLite, being an embedded database, has been designed differently than the larger network connected databases. The Definitive Guide To SQLite did an excellent job explaining the design goals that the SQLite development team works under and how these design goals affects the APIs.

The main thing I found missing in The Definitive Guide To SQLite was coverage of a C#/.NET wrapper. The book covers C (the language SQLite is written in) as well as Perl, Python, Ruby, Java, Tcl, PHP, the iOS (for iPhones), and Android. Note that after a bit of research I found System.Data.SQLite which appears to be a very popular SQLite wrapper for the .NET framework with good community support.

SQLite is a great database engine for many projects, and The Definitive Guide To SQLite is a great book for learning and understanding SQLite! I recommend this book to programmers with an intermediate to advanced skill set who want/need to integrate a database in their applications without installing a full database server!
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