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5.0 out of 5 stars Updated version of the book is available
For an updated verion of this great book by the same authors, look at SQL: The complete Reference - from Osborne. Most of the content is the same as the old book with about 300 pages of new material.
Published on December 14, 1999 by H. Vellanki

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2.0 out of 5 stars LAN Times is a good book for Novices to SQL
I was introducted to this book as a student at DeVry Institute of Technology in Dallas, TX. I found the book to be a great introduction into the SQL language. The books presents a detailed (yet non-exhaustive) history of the language, along with a good solid introduction to the methodology of SQL. It also provides practical examples of relational DMBS scripting,...
Published on July 31, 2000 by andrejohnson75


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Updated version of the book is available, December 14, 1999
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H. Vellanki (Alpharetta, ga) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: LAN Times Guide to SQL (LAN Times Series) (Paperback)
For an updated verion of this great book by the same authors, look at SQL: The complete Reference - from Osborne. Most of the content is the same as the old book with about 300 pages of new material.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best "how to" SQL book I've ever read, June 12, 1997
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I wish I had known about this book three years ago when I became a PowerBuilder/Sybase programmer. This is a very clear and easy to ready book on a not too easy to understand subject. The authors have done a superb job in explaining what the SQL language is and how it works. I highly recommend this book to anybody dealing with RDBMS systems. It's a book that should be on anybody's reference library. The chapters on queries and referential integrity are very well written. Also the chapter on building dynamic SQL is a "must read" for anybody doing this type of SQL access
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Oldie but a Goodie to an Intermediate Level, August 22, 2000
This review is from: LAN Times Guide to SQL (LAN Times Series) (Paperback)
With 5 other SQL titles on my shelf, plus docs from Sybase, Oracle & MS SQL Server, this is the book I (almost) always grab first.
Well-organized and well-written, an excellent walk-through of "the basics" and as a syntax reference with good examples.
Look elsewhere however for advanced administration and optimization techniques (Celko's SQL for Smarties is good in this regard). Consider this book as best for Beginner-to-Intermediate topics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable SQL reference, April 26, 2000
This review is from: LAN Times Guide to SQL (LAN Times Series) (Paperback)
This is a great book to begin to understand how to write queries for databases in SQL. It starts off with the simple queries, and moves onto the more advanced commands that are used for maintaining databases.
It is a simple and clear text, and has been an invaluable source whilst creating databases and writing code to interact with these databases.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best SQL book yet, October 15, 1999
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This book is five years old and there are many SQL books in the market. Yet this book is unbeatable. Its scope and clarity set it clearly apart. Do not miss this book. A computer book which remains a leading one years after years in such a hot area as SQL and RDMS must be a great book. And this one is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best., October 20, 1999
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I was searching Amazon for a text on distributed database architectures when I stumbled across this classic. My own copy, bought years ago, is still kept within reach and is a viable today as the day it was written. Love the book - you will too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet....simply the best, November 28, 2000
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My only regret is that these authors don't write books for every IT subject I'm studying. I am a CNE and MCSE who is studying to become a DBA. Simply put, this is the BEST starting book for ANYONE who is interested in databases or SQL.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, and not only for begginers, November 10, 2003
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I must say, that this book is written by professionals. I have tons of books about SQL, and this book is among of the best.
What is important: authors waste no time on less important stuff. Every chapter, every paragraph in this book is like a sniper shoot.
All clear, all design philosophy is explained. Caveats are pinpointed, working examples provided.
This book will greatly help novices, and also will be useful for advanced users.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All that is needed, May 11, 1999
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I must say that this book is the best for a person who has no experience with SQL. It provides you with all the knowledge needed in working in a database programming environment and gets you on your way real quick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best guide to the real SQL standard I've seen!, December 17, 1998
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This book is the best! It doesn't tie itself to any single SQL-based product. Instead, it guides you through the actual SQL standard with a few notes on deviations by specific products.
With this book, I set up a freeware/generic SQL server and had a working database within an hour. Aside from this book, I have no database experience...just programming and systems experience. I found it a great resource for setting up tables and queries, including under specific products such as "Access97" and other (server-based) products.
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LAN Times Guide to SQL (LAN Times Series) by Paul N. Weinberg (Paperback - December 12, 1994)
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