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The Definitive Guide to SQLite 2006th Edition

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Mike Owens is the information technology director for a major real estate firm in Fort Worth, Texas, where he's charged with the development and management of the company's core systems. His prior experience includes time spent at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a process design engineer, and at Nova Information Systems as a C++ programmer. He is the original creator of Pysqlite, the Python extension for SQLite. Mike earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
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Product Details

  • Series: Definitive Guide
  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2006 edition (May 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590596730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590596739
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By brian d foy VINE VOICE on August 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Mike Owens started writing about SQLite in Linux Magazine and C/C++ User's Journal, and he continues to show his clear and easy manner of explaining the features and use of this embedded database in this book, which Apress binds as a hardcover to show off its usefulness and longevity.

I run away from most books with "Definitive" in the title, especially when they aren't heavy enough to break toes if I drop them on my foot. However, the author doesn't waste any space or get distracted with long explanations. In the 440 pages, he effectively covers all of SQLite, including its various language bindings and APIs. Although he created the initial Python bindings, Perl gets the most coverage (if you don't count the third of the book that talks about the C API for completely embedding SQLite into your own programs).

The front of the book covers basic database concepts. At times the subject matter gets a bit complicated, but the author has a clear style and easily explains the tough subjects. Without his command of the topic (as you'll find lacking with many database books), the explanations could have spun wildly out of control, taking the author for a ride. There's no question who's in charge here, though.

I've been using SQLite for a couple years and regularly delve into its documentation, and even I learned several things from this book. The handy SQL reference will keep me from waiting for websites to load, and I expect to have this book close at hand when I'm working with SQLite. It's one of the best database books I've encountered in a long time.

If you need a book on SQLite, The Definitive Guide to SQLite is the only one you should even consider.
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The book contains a fair amount of content and answered about 50% of the questions I had when I was getting started with SQLite. However, the index IS NOT ALPHABETICAL. It is insane. In this world when you are sitting at your computer trying to hack out something and you take the time to flip open a book the author should be very thankful. He/she should reward you with quick access to what you are looking for rather than torturing you with an arduous search through an index that is arbitrarily arranged by subjects. It makes no sense. You know the exact word you are looking for but you cannot find it. I guess that's what google is for. I've had to defer to google so many times that it is clear to me that this book was a waste of my money. It might be a good read if you are stuck on a desert island but it is inadequate if you are anywhere near a computer.

I bet if you buy 1000 technical books in your life this will be the only one with an index that isn't alphabetical. Do your self a favor and buy the other 999 and skip this one.

Here's a suggestion for the next version:
SELECT KEYWORD
FROM WEIRD_CATEGORIZED_INDEX
ORDER BY KEYWORD ASC;
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It's reasonable to look over the description of this book and ask yourself what is so idiosyncratic and bizarre about SQLite that it merits a 464-page reference for developers to wrap their heads around it. Especially when as a stated goal, SQLite overtly aims to be simple, stripped-down and uncomplicated in use.

The answer thankfully, is not very much. As the author goes to great pains to reinforce many times, SQL as a logical Data Manipulation Language is specified as being completely divorced from the underlying implementation. While all SQL DBs have their own annoying extensions, incompatibilities and divergences from the standard, the underlying syntax and form of SQL is mostly constant. You may, in the course of reading this book, come under the impression you're actually reading two separate publications, with their chapters collated together and coarsely interleaved in the same binding. One is broadly about SQL and RDBMS's, the other is actually about SQLite. As it turns out, there isn't much specific to the topic of SQLite that really demands so much coverage, so with the declared intention of being "definitive", the author has written something of a ground up tutorial/reference that aims to introduce both SQL and SQLite to audiences thoroughly unfamiliar with either. Passing over the table of contents in the front of the book I found myself raising an eyebrow as I realized how narrow of a demographic this book aims to cater to; that is, programmers who know nothing of SQL or relational DB theory and yet feel compelled and ready to embed an RDBMS library into their applications. I happened to be one of these people, but I question the usefulness of much of this book to someone already familiar with SQL.
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Definitive is definitely the right title for this book. It covers everything from the SQLite console commands to the interpreter language bindings (Tcl, Perl, Ruby, etc) to the C API. I've been using SQLite for several years, and learned new stuff before I hit page 30.

If you are using MySQL or Postgres and don't need a distributed DBM, you need to look hard at SQLite. If you are using SQLite, you need this book.
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I bought this book thinking that I was going to need to reference a basic SQL source to fully understand the concepts. But, I found not only did it fully explain SQL and relational database theory, it also gave great advice on when one needed a full blown RDBMS.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to develop database enabled applications or light to medium traffic websites. I would also highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about SQL or database theory in general.

Probably the most important thing I learned from this book is that 80% of us with databasing needs simply don't need to wrestle with a SQL server anymore.
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