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SQL Pocket Guide (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)) Paperback – April 27, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0596526887 ISBN-10: 0596526881 Edition: Second Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Second Edition edition (April 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596526881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596526887
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jonathan Gennick is an O'Reilly Media, Inc. editor specializing in database and programming titles. He writes extensively on database topics, and is the author of such successful books as: Oracle SQLPlus: The Definitive Guide, Oracle SQLPlus Pocket Reference, and Oracle SQL*Loader: The Definitive Guide. Jonathan contributes regularly to Oracle Magazine, and frequently explores interesting SQL topics on his own website, http://gennick.com. Jonathan is also a member of The Oak Table Network (http://www.oaktable.net), a group of Oracle experts known for their scientific approach to administering and developing Oracle based systems.

Jonathan got his start with relational database systems in 1990, first working with Ingres, and later with Digital's Rdb software. During that period he developed a fondness for SQL, and for the challenge of applying SQL creatively in ways that leveraged it's set-oriented capabilities.

In 1994 Jonathan made the leap to Oracle, and is now often found writing about it. Recent projects include Oracle SQLLoader (O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2001); Oracle SQLPlus Pocket Reference (O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2000); Oracle SQL*Plus: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly Media, Inc., 1999); More recently, Jonathan has made forays into other database products, coauthoring Transact-SQL Cookbook (O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2002) and editing Practical PostgreSQL (O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2002).


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I am an Oracle DBA, computer book editor, and writer residing in Munising, Michigan, and only six

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Content is very clear and reference are straightforward.
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Highly recommended for anyone working with SQL and/or MySQL.
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This is a great reference for all platforms for SQL 2005.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jim Anderton on May 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
The SQL Pocket Guide: 2nd Edition "is an attempt to cram the most useful information about SQL into a pocket-size guide." That's the first sentence of the introduction and is the best description I can imagine for this helpful little book. The following platforms are included in this 2nd edition: Oracle Database 10g Release 2 (including Oracle Express Edition,) IBM DB2 Universal Database Release 8.2, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, MySQL 5.0, and PostgreSQL 8.1.

I'm not a full-time DBA. I'm an application developer and I frequently interact with various flavors of relational databases. I confess, I don't have all the syntax memorized. That's why this little book is so helpful. The book has good coverage of DML, common SQL functions and other related topics (e.g. NULLs, CASE expressions, datatype conversions, etc.) And, each topic is covered for each of the platforms mentioned above. It makes for an interesting comparison. The table of contents is organized nicely to allow the reader to quickly locate content by subject and there is also a detailed index in the back.

The 2nd edition of this book was published in April 2006. When you read reviews of the SQL Pocket Guide, make sure you are reading a review of the current edition. The 2nd edition has been updated for more current database releases. And, CREATE TABLE coverage and window functions have been added. Many of the changes were in direct response to feedback from the first edition.

As mentioned in other reviews, this book is not going to teach you SQL. It wasn't intended to. However, if you find that you're frequently (or even occasionally) looking up SQL syntax and if you need to create SQL statements that work with one or more of the platforms covered in this book, I highly recommend that you give this little helper a place in your bag.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By susan61095 on November 19, 2008
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"SQL Pocket Guide - 2nd Edition" is a short reference book for SQL DML (Data Manipulation Language), transaction control statements, datatypes, datatype conversion, table creation, and table modification. As the title indicates, this book is a "Pocket Guide" for the 4 major database platforms (Oracle, MS SQL Server, MySQL, and DB2). DO NOT EXPECT this book to be a complete reference or learning guide. Like most pocket guides, only people that already know the topic will find this text most useful. I own BOTH the 1st & 2nd editions. Due to my extensive use of the 1st edition, I purchased the 2nd edition released in 2006. This is the single most used book in my library! In fact, it is never on the book shelf! It's on my desk, in my bag, and travels with me on location. I work on a variety of database platforms with the 2 biggies being MS SQL Server & Oracle. I know the language, but at times can forget the exact syntax needed for the platform I'm working with. This book provides me with an extremely efficient way to "refresh" my memory and because it covers the 4 major platforms, I'm usually covered with this ONE small book.

The layout of the 2nd edition has been reorganized alphabetically by keyword and now covers: Oracle 10g including Oracle Express Ed, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, IBM DB2 release 8.2, MySQL 5.0, and PostgreSQL 8.1. As the layout of the 2nd edition has dramatically changed since the 1st edition and is now organized alphabetically by keyword (the keyword represented on each page is listed at the bottom of the page), you can quickly find the page you're looking for by flipping through the book and looking at the bottom right corner of the page. This is MUCH MUCH easier and faster!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Solene_player on November 12, 2007
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I'm writing a review because of how impressed I've become with this over time. I have several SQL references and this gets used by far the most. I'm a big O'Reilly fan and I think I bought this title in addition to the Nutshell book because it was cheap and I also wanted multiple SQL reference books so I could have some at home as well as the office.

I at first assumed that the Pocket guide would be inferior to the Nutshell book but I've found the reverse to be true for me. The strengths of this book are passages are always straight to the point, with tons of examples, and ALWAYS is very clear on relevant differences between different flavors of SQL (DB2, Oracle, SQL Server, & MySQL) without any blah blah blah.

For knuckleheads who have worked in so many languages that they can't remember any syntax anymore, and who prefer a good terse example to a big syntax tree, this reference is highly recommended.
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As a systems admin, I find this book a great reference guide for writing SQL scripts. The instructions are clear and concise and cover most common situations. The examples aren't very clear, however, so you have to understand what the statements are dealing with, and the topics don't seem to be arranged appropriately (deleting and truncating are contained in two separate places in the book). But overall this book is a good reference guide for someone who is familiar with SQL, but needs a little assistance now and then.
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This is a good reference book. Because SQL has so many flavors, there are nuances that exist which force writers to reference them in a almost any book on the subject. Narrowing in on your paticular version is very helpful. Perhaps these would be better written for a specific audience if they were Manufacturer and Version specific and without the crosswalks.

Wouldn't you sell more books if it were version specific?
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