- 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 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 517 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."
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.
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It has allowed me to understand the instrument and to use it for simple operations. Once introduced, I bought a more complex text to deepen the subject.
If you have some experience with SQL, this might not be the book for you.
It's easy to follow for beginners as he provides an introduction of the conventions and aims of learning SQL.
The author also lays out the types of Database systems used alongside the lessons and their applicability like Microsoft Access, PostgreSQL, SQLite - which helps those target the systems they wish to learn immediately as there may be slight differences in the convention or features. In any case, he notes which ones work/not for the corresponding tutorials.
I used this alongside my MOOC to learn SQL for data analysis, and this covered the fundamentals really well to gain confidence in writing code/statements to answer queries by viewing the syntax to answer these queries by understanding data structures.
Afterwards, you could move onto filtering data and then gain the skill to handle more advanced features like using aggregations, JOINs and subqueries to gain the real value of SQL (especially PostgreSQL/SQLite)
However if you're more advanced in querying - this might not be useful since features like CTE (WITH statements) and WINDOW functions (which carry out aggregations/statements concisely) aren't covered and are helpful for brevity and learning even advanced tools.
Still, this book is valuable as a reference as I try to revise/refine my skills already covered every so often. Highly recommended nonetheless!
I had a good but rusty knowledge of database design, but limited knowledge of SQL. I found this book excellent in explaining SQL and, because of its concise and clear layout, it's ideal as a quick reference book.
There are some topics where you'll want to get more detail or background, so I also bought SQL Queries for Mere Mortals. However, I wouldn't be without Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes. Highly recommended.
The examples of statement, syntax and structure listed are easy to understand and read.
Systematically written with easy to understand example.
The other advantage is that the book also summarize the difference amongst various SQL systems
Basic level users or people wanting to start using SQL should consider this a good starting point.
Book came in great condition
Book itself is very good for beginners.
Pocket size book