- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2 edition (May 22, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321334175
- ISBN-13: 978-0321334176
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,594,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chris Fehily is a writer and consultant living in San Francisco.
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You don't need much prior experience, just know that databases are a thing, so it would be appropriate for beginners. I don't have a better book to reference offhand, but I would not recommend this for more experienced developers or someone looking to supplement their brain with commands that they do not often use.
Literally over night, I was writing simple queries out of the book and practicing them at work. Although, I just received my first full paycheck, I have already worked on multiple projects querying important data off of the company database, which the Partner Sales department uses to generate millions of dollars in revenue on an annual basis.
The Visual Quickstart Guides teach by - you guessed it - visual examples and this is no exception. Fehily's writing style is spare and direct with few wasted words. There is a somewhat generalized introduction to the nature of SQL. The Introduction is actually a model of what such a chapter should be like. It is direct, to the point and covers the major things, in general, that you need to know about SQL.
He then moves deeper into the basics of SQL before advancing on basic SQL operations, such as retrieving data from a table, operators and functions, summarizing and grouping data and so on. Reading this book alone will not make you an expert SQL programmer, but it will certainly help you do more than muddle through basic SQL operations, which generally are all you need.
I've had this book on my shelf for a long time and, as I said, when the need for me to deal with SQL arises, it's the first reference I pick up.
1. Compared to other SQL books, this book has lots of pictures and lots of space, which makes it easy to go through.
2. It doesn't just go through all the SQL commands -- it also covers concepts such as the relational model and noramlization.
3. This books covers SQL variations in different major relational databases.
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The book starts out fairly basic by covering what a DBMS is and what a forward slash versus a back slash means in terms of file path and how they...Read more