- Series: Sams Teach Yourself
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Sams Publishing; 4 edition (November 4, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0672336073
- ISBN-13: 978-0672336072
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (478 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ben Forta is Adobe Systems’ Director of Developer Relations and has more than 20 years of experience in the computer industry in product development, support, training, and product marketing. He is the author of the best-selling Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, spinoff titles on MySQL and SQL Server T-SQL, ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit and Advanced ColdFusion Application Development (both published by Adobe Press), Sams Teach Yourself Regular Expressions in 10 Minutes, as well as books on Flash, Java, Windows, and other subjects. He has extensive experience in database design and development, has implemented databases for several highly successful commercial software programs and websites, and is a frequent lecturer and columnist on Internet and database technologies.
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Otherwise you will spend a lot of time trying to figure out how yo get started.
Thanks to YouTube, I was finally able to get started using MySQL Workbench and databases and now things are going well.
After all this...the book is very easy to use and highly understandable.
P.s. this book will not actually teach you SQL in ten minutes, that is impossible. Plan to spend at least 30 minutes, a few days a week, reading and practicing exercises. Learning SQL (like anything else) takes practice and persistence. You will succeed if you put in the time. I defer to my favorite motto, "life is a marathon, not a sprint."
What I like most about the book is the way they've implemented their instruction method:
1. They give a quick description of the lesson and what they intend to demonstrate
2. Then they give an example
3. Then they go back and explain
And they provide lots of notes and hints along the way to help bolster your understanding
I'm a novice techie and this book is easy to understand. It's perfect for the reader who likes having lots of examples to review and try.
I highly recommend this book and the author
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.
You actually won't learn sql in 10 minutes but most likely be able to get through each chapter within 10 minutes. The exercises aren't difficult and you should get a very rudimentary understanding of sql. I sat through the first 4 chapters without really breaking a sweat.
The book itself is in full color, which is a nice touch, and the paper is high quality. Its a rather small book and that was somewhat disappointing but I guess that's why this is really a beginners book. If you've fidgeted around with sql at work or at home you can probably skip the first four chapters. if you skip the examples on your first go, you can probably finish the book within two hours.
Is this book worth the 24 bucks and change that i spent on it? Absolutely not. Maybe 15 bucks. Mine also had a sticky residue stuck on the back which i can't seem to remove so that's unfortunate.