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Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes (3rd Edition) Paperback – April 10, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0672325670 ISBN-10: 0672325675 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 3 edition (April 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672325675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672325670
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes has established itself as the gold standard for introductory SQL books, offering a fast-paced accessible tutorial to the major themes and techniques involved in applying the SQL language. Forta's examples are clear and his writing style is crisp and concise. As with earlier editions, this revision includes coverage of current versions of all major commercial SQL platforms. New this time around is coverage of MySQL, and PostgreSQL. All examples have been tested against each SQL platform, with incompatibilities or platform distinctives called out and explained.

About the Author

Ben Forta is Macromedia's Senior Technical Evangelist and has almost 20 years of experience in the computer industry in product development, support, training, and product marketing. Ben is the author of the best-selling ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit and Advanced ColdFusion Development (both published by Que), Sams Teach Yourself Regular Expressions in 10 Minutes (in this same series), and also books on Flash, Java, WAP, Windows 2000, and other subjects. He has extensive experience in database design and development, has implemented databases for several highly successful commercial software programs, and is a frequent lecturer and columnist on Internet and database technologies. Born in London, England, and educated in London, New York, and Los Angeles, Ben now lives in Oak Park, Michigan, with his wife Marcy and their seven children. Ben welcomes your email at ben@forta.com, and invites you to visit his Web site at http://www.forta.com.


More About the Author

Ben Forta is Adobe Inc.'s Senior Technical Evangelist, and has over two decades of experience in the computer industry in product development, support, training, and marketing. Ben is the author of the best-selling ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit and its sequel Advanced ColdFusion Application Development, as well as books on SQL, Regular Expressions, JavaServer Pages, WAP, Windows development, and more. Over 1/2 million Ben Forta books have been printed in a dozen languages worldwide. Ben co-authored the official ColdFusion training material, as well as the certification tests and official study guides for those tests, writes regular columns on ColdFusion and Internet development, and now spends a considerable amount of time lecturing and speaking on application development worldwide.

Customer Reviews

If you need to learn SQL quickly this is THE book for you.
Amy Driver
I recommend this book for anyone new to SQL that just needs to learn it quick.
N. Newren
Very well written with a logical layout and clear examples.
houtex73

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By N. Newren on February 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
Great book. I'm very pleased. I got this book because I needed to learn SQL and I needed to learn it quick! Each lesson took me about 15-30 minutes to go through (I read slow, and then I also did a lot of playing around with the databases at work), but it gave me all the background I needed to start programming.

I recommend this book for anyone new to SQL that just needs to learn it quick. It goes through the most commonly used SQL statements and their clauses, gives different examples for the most common DBMS, defines terms (like SQL and DBMS), and is short. There are a lot of advanced topics in the last lessons that he just breezes over (to keep it short), but that's what SQL in 24 hours is for -- to explain advanced topics. Honestly I thought about getting a bigger, more in depth book, but I'm really glad I got this smaller book. I would have been overwhelmed with any others. I felt like this book left off right where I wanted to just jump in and start programming.

Who this book isn't for: People not new to SQL (It just covers the basics and skims over more advanced topics -- but it wasn't written for advanced users; it's just an introduction.), people looking for a book about databases (this book only goes into the basic SQL stuff, though it does mention a couple good practices for database structure), anyone who wants an in-depth book about SQL (it really does just cover the basics).

In short, this book is for newbies who need to learn SQL quickly: just the basics, an intro into more advanced topics, it's very user friendly, easy to follow, and you can get through it in an afternoon if need be. Highly recommended.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By SPI on January 1, 2014
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Good book but wildcard characters such as asterisk (*) and /* */ don't show up in the Kindle version, they just appear as blank spaces
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By David on October 10, 2006
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Update (May 5, '12): updates marked with ***

-don't know which program you will be using for SQL and have no knowledge of SQL commands, this book is directed at you and you should get it.
*** I all but stopped programming with SQL for a few years and then came back to it in 2011. When I reviewed this book and my highlights within it, this text remained immensely useful.

-know which program you will be using, get a book on your specific program, because there is enough variation between the programs that another book will serve you much better.
>>>I think I will change this recommendation -- if you don't know SQL, consider this book regardless of which program you are working with.

-are familiar with a few commands in SQL, look for a different book because you will probably breeze through this book and not gain nearly as much as if your time was spent reading something else.

I was in the first category and found this book to be an excellent introduction. With the exception of 2-3 of the 18 lessons, this book is quite clear...those 2-3 lessons just take a bit more time getting familiar with the concepts. You won't find yourself breezing through the chapters in 10 minutes each, with the possible exception of the first 5 or so, but the lessons do only take about 20 minutes on average and are straight-forward.
>>>The book teaches by example, which I'm typically not a big fan of, but this book pulled it off well.
*** I now really enjoy instruction by example since it provides something concrete to hang onto and think about.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By DiamondDimples on June 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book to refresh myself on the basics of SQL. I must say that I am thoroughly impressed with the simplicity of the material. It is a good book if you ever wanted to try learning SQL or need a refresher. The downloadable material along with the step-by-step instructions make this book a much better tutor than the SQL For Dummies.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jack on October 9, 2011
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All lessons provide code snippets for examples as well as the corresponding output. Unfortunately there is no way to have a frame of reference since there is no information or illustration of the input. It's a great book, but as many other reviews stated, it is much more suited as a reference book. All in all I would say it is DEFINITELY worth the price, but personally it left me wanting to buy another SQL book, I'm thinking something from Joes 2 Pros.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel A. Keating on April 17, 2005
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The title is "Teach yourself SOL in 10 minutes" so you should know that this is just a starting book and not a complete explanation of the language. And as a starting book this book is great! If you want to learn how to build multiuser relational databases then I would look for a book that doesn't have "in 10 minutes" in the title, but if your looking to get the jist of SQL then this book is for you. I bought the ebook edition and was able to download it instantly. The author includes links to 2 free database utility's, one of which he wrote, that are worth the price of the ebook alone!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Johnathan on January 3, 2013
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As my title says, I haven't completed this book, but as today, it seems to fit the bill. Very easy to understand and very short chapters. For those who are looking to gain more knowledge - maybe you're a newbie - then this book may be for you. My guess is that this doesn't hit the advanced topics. But it's worth the money.
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