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Stephane Faroult first discovered relational databases and the SQL language back in 1983. He joined Oracle France in their early days (after a brief spell with IBM and a bout of teaching at the University of Ottawa) and soon developed an interest in performance and tuning topics. After leaving Oracle in 1988, he briefly tried to reform and did a bit of operational research, but after one year, he succumbed again to relational databases. He has been continuously performing database consultancy since then, and founded RoughSea Ltd in 1998.
Graduated in geology from Durham University (1968), then taught at Edinburgh University, obtaining an M.Phil in geology 1975. Worked in Greece as a geologist (1973,74), and then in University of Newcastle specialising in geological databases.Joined the British Geological Survey 1980, and has steered the organisations' use of database ever since, as data architect and database administrator. Has worked with databases since 1977, relational databases since 1981, and Oracle since 1985. He has lectured widely in the UK on geological aspects of database and has specialised on aspects of the SQL system as well as data modelling from the corporate architecture down to the departmental level. He has presented at various Oracle database conferences both in the UK, Europe and North America. Currently a director on the board of the UK Oracle Users Group.
A great, implementation neutral, introduction to relational databases. Perfect both for people new to databases, and those who've been working with them for a while, and want to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. P. Hearn
This book really explains concepts I knew about but did not fully understand. It can be applied to any of the major databases out there. Read morePublished 18 months ago by T. Maly
I haven't yet put any of this book's ideas into practice, but they address real problems I've run into. Read morePublished 20 months ago by offby1
Stephane Faroult has written perhaps one of the most important books on SQL and Relational Databases since the magisterial work of Dr. E.F. Codd. Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by Michael Tozer
The rare book on SQL that goes beyond what we've already figured out by hard knocks. The author has a wonderful mix of theory and practice, and shows how procedural realities... Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by JonShops
I know just enough SQL to be dangerous, but I still found the book to be immensely useful. I have a data set in plain text that's become completely unwieldy, and I want to move it... Read morePublished on May 11, 2011 by Karl Vogel
Very well written; examples are a bit goofy, perhaps, but the author is undeniably knowledgeable and has much to say both on commonly referenced mistakes - insufficient indexing -... Read morePublished on November 23, 2008 by David Berube
...he might write a book like "The Art of SQL". There are a lot of SQL books on the market - some of them very good. Read morePublished on November 14, 2008 by Data Guy
This is a book in a somewhat-similar vein to Effective C++: 55 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs (3rd Edition) (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series): it... Read morePublished on July 14, 2008 by Matthew Weigel