- Paperback: 1104 pages
- Publisher: Cmp Books (March 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879305681
- ISBN-13: 978-0879305680
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,282,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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SQL-99 Complete, Really Paperback – March 1, 1999
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"This book tells you everything you want to know (and some stuff you don't) about SQL ... provides easy-to-understand tips ... " PC Techniques, on the authors' previous book, Optimizing SQL -- Publisher Comments
"This book tells you everything you want to know --and some stuff you don't- about SQL provides easy-to-understand tips " -- PC Techniques, on the authors' previous book, Optimizing SQL
About the Author
Peter Gulutzan and Trudy Pelzer are the principals of Ocelot Computing Services in Alberta, Canada. They provide SQL database software products and consulting services. They each have more than a decade of experience working with SQL and have SQL produced both SQL-89 and SQL-92 versions of a DBMS for Windows systems. They have collaborated on two previous books Optimizing SQL and Optimizing C with Assembly Code.
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A few months ago I was on an Amazon shopping spree -- just ordering any half-decent looking ANSI SQL book that seemed to have a bargain price.
This book was one of several dozen that were delivered to my home and have since gathered dust until I finally got around to perusing each one.
I began reading this book today and I was horrified. I have actually read much of the ISO standards documents for SQL:1999, and I fail to see how this book is any improvement over just reading the obtuse standards. This book is mostly just a section-by-section, point-by-point "copy and paste" job.
I mostly believe that it is barely worth my time and trouble to write this review, but I felt compelled to do so for the sake of future shoppers. I was compelled by the mysterious fact that this book's Amazon reviews contain seven 5-star reviews!! How on earth?!!
Of course, it is *very* *telling* that all but one of these 5-star reviews were posted by individuals labeled only as 'A Customer'. That is always a red flag in my book. 'A Customer' who? Where is their review history and profile and any other evidence that they are an actual legitimate and objective reviewer?
As I said at the beginning of this rant, there is a better alternative. The alternative is by Jim Melton and has ISBN 1558604561. Melton's book is clearer, more insightful, more interesting, more readable, better edited, better sourced, and on and on. I plan to write a review of Melton's book later, but that book review will actually merit more thought and reflection on my part. This terrible Gulutzan & Pelzer book is not worth the effort on my part to give any deeper critique than this. Done!
Even for those who have just begun to delve into the complexities of database implementation, the clear language of this book explains the vocabulary and structure "under the hood" of database development. It's claim to completeness seems well justified and will not disappoint the technical veteran. It clearly explains the SQL standard, its history, context and usage. There are complete explanations of basic database concepts, the use of SQL and the call-level interface (CLI) that is the basis for ODBC and any number of middleware applications and database engines.
In our current forrest of database technologies, Gulutzan and Pelzer have given us the rosetta stone for unraveling and understanding it all. Every developer in SQL, ODBC, or any database claiming to be relational, will find clarity and understanding here.
It is a welcome addition to my library and has already improved the quality of database work coming from my company.
It seems that in places where they lack experience of their own, the authors copy the reference manuals at best, sometimes not even that.