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SQL Design Patterns: Expert Guide to SQL Programming (IT In-Focus series) (Volume 4) Paperback – April 1, 2007


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  • Series: IT In-Focus series
  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Rampant Techpress (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977671542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977671540
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vadim Tropashko is the translator for The C++ Programming Language into Russian. He is a former C++ instructor at University of Radio and Electronics in Belarus and currently works for Oracle.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Meade on May 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
First let me point out, there are several problems with this book.

1) The author's english is a bit broken so in some places you will find yourself frustrated by having to read things twice or more to understand it.

2) The author has a great mathematics background, but again in a few places, this actually gets in the way as most of us do not have such a deep mathematics grounding and so won't understand what the math is trying to tell us. Knowing there is a sound mathematical set of principles behind things is nice but the details and symbols are often too deep for me.

3) For those of us who are actually ADVANCED developers, there may be little here in the way of new tips or tricks because you will already know and practice many of the techniques discussed.

INPSITE OF THESE DETRACTORS, I give the book five stars and suggest that anyone looking to go to the next level with their SQL skills should read it for a mind set, because it has the potential to actually change the way we work. Language issue aside, it clearly articulates the idea that it is possible to make a mental leap that will take you from average sql development to great sql development. I liken it to what my typing teacher in High School once told me: "when you stop thinking about the letters and start thinking about the words, your typing will improve dramatically with fewer errors and faster results". In the same way, this author shows us there is a mental leap to be made with sql. The number of lines of code does not matter. What matters is ideas.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laurent Schneider on July 16, 2007
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This book explain the root techniques for grouping and aggregating. It contains versatile approaches, like summing hashes to group items. By reading this book I have now extended my capabilities to build creative queries.

The author invented many techniques, the most famous is probably the row generator CONNECT BY LEVEL<10. Wise approach to constraint is to use a on-commit refreshable materialized view and a constraint on the materialized view to check the view is empty rather than using a trigger. This technique however requires COMMIT (like a deferred constraint).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Wanko on December 27, 2011
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This text would be a revelation to someone unfamiliar with Tom Kyte, Joe Celko, or Chris Date. However, given that I own books by all of the former authors, I have to say relunctantly that I am unimpressed by much of the book. His explanations are tough to unravel, and while I do not doubt the math behind some of what he chooses to employ to prove his assertions, I find the reading experience tortuous. This is not an easy book to use, and I suppose his initial caveat that "this is for advanced practitioners only" is supposed to buy him an excuse if you fail to comprehend his text. In my case it does not, as I am confident it's not me, it's him.

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