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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (May 16 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764501054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764501050
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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This is the rare case of a book that can take you from a beginner to an advanced-intermediate level. Like many of the books in IDG's Dummies series, this volume begins with a definition ("What is SQL?") and ends with "The Part of Tens," a collection of tips in a top 10 list form. Taylor writes in a breezy, entertaining style that SQL novices will find inviting. One caveat: the examples are given in Borland's Delphi, a rapid application development (RAD) tool. Some sections show several screen shots from Delphi and it may be difficult to follow along in these sections if you don't have the program in front of you. As with other Dummies books, SQL for Dummies is entertaining to read although the nonstop jokes may distract some readers from the technical content. --Jake Bond --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"Taylor writes in a breezy, entertaining style that SQL novices will find inviting." —

Covers Microsoft SQL Server 7

Find Out How to Use SQL for Effective Database Communication Handle SQL like a native speaker — in no time! Written by a 30-year computer veteran, SQL For Dummies®, 3rd Edition, explains how to use this powerful language to create, manipulate, and manage relational databases. Get an insider's tour of relational databases and client-server systems, work your way up to sophisticated commands and statements, and check out the coverage of SQL-related products such as Microsoft SQL Server 7.

Inside, find helpful advice on how to:

  • Find out about SQL components — Data Definition Language, Data Manipulation Language, and Data Control Language
  • Understand fundamental SQL commands and data types
  • Extract data from many different data sources using ODBC (Open DataBase Connectivity)
  • Create tables, views, schemas, and indices for easy data access
  • Manage databases using SQL server
  • Use SQL to transfer or retrieve information from the Internet or an intranet
  • Enhance databases with popular development tools, such as Borland's C++Builder and IntraBuilder
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Buying any book targeted for 'dummies' sets the record straight in terms of my knowledge of SQL. I'm a South African computer science student and bought SQL for Dummies to supplement material prescribed by the university.
Firstly, the book is set out in an easy to understand manner starting with the section called Contents at a Glance and followed by an extensive Table of Contents. The text uses icons for tips, things to remember, warnings, technical stuff, etc. which reinforces key concepts.
Mr Taylor conveys his thoughts on a serious subject, particularly for first timers, in a humourous manner making the subject even more accessible. The contents of the book is set out in clear and concise way, with key topics highlighted. The book is extensive in its covering of the subject, not only directed at building and extracting information from a database, but also giving information on security issues and using SQL with the internet.
I found the book of particular use and can recommend it to any newcomers to SQL.
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The last time I worked with databases, my entire computer (RAM + mass storage) had less than one MEGAbyte of memory. No hard disk, just two 360 kB floppy disk drives and 128K of RAM. I just got saddled with a data-mining project that will process tens of gigabytes of data in a networked environment. My analysis tools can use SQL to access the data. This book was the first thing I insisted on. (Kind of embarassing for a senior person to be seen carrying a thick yellow and black book with the word "DUMMIES" on it ...)
This has proven to be an excellent starting point. I know plenty about computers and programming. I vaguely remember the essentials of relational databases (for those who don't, basic information is in the book, it should be enough to get started, even if you are absolutely ignorant!) Taylor packaged enough of the right information that I could read his book over the weekend and dive into the planning stages of our project on Monday sounding like I knew a thing or two.
The book charts a course from the most basic elements of databases to modestly complicated database and query materials. The author discusses common pitfalls and useful strategies. This book isn't enough, by itself, to turn somebody into a database wonk, but it's a great starting point.
I got a bit annoyed by some of the "cute" material used to make the subject seem less threatening, but that filler doesn't take up too much space and is easily skipped. Also, the book is overly Microsoft centered--the author uses Windows applications as examples and champions Microsofts ODBC. A section about using SQL in a Unix/Linux environment should have been included (access from shell scripts, PERL, etc?). A solid four-star introduction to SQL and database technology in a Microsoft world.
(If you'd like to discuss this book or review in more detail, please click on the "about me" link above and drop me some email. Thanks!)
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First off, I must stress that after I finished reading this book I did walk away with a far greater knowledge of SQL. To this end the book served its purpose and was worth the time/money I invested in the book.
My most serious criticism is that the early chapters introduced complex examples, which I forced myself to understand...only to discover that the author explained the issues more thoroughly at a later stage. On page 55 the author explains the MIN function with a sub/nested SQL query...introducing nested queries at such an early stage was a little confusing and it distracted me from the function being discussed.
As a result I spent considerable time working through the early chapters...but the later chapters were easy to follow.
Had the author taken a bit of time to consider the placement and appropriateness of each example, this book would have received a 4/5 rating in my mind. Of course an indirect advantage of this lack of fore-thought is that if the reader is prepared to work through the earlier examples the learning process is much more active.
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I found myself in a Borland C++ Builder seminar full of database programmers who all new SQL. Fortunately, most of them didn't know C++. The seminar leader recommended this book to me and I found it useful as a primer. It has good examples which I've used repeatedly. It is especially nice for Borland C++ Builder users since that is the RAD tool which the author is using.
It covers most of the features of SQL supported by the Borland Database Engine for Database creation and manipulation, although I found it somewhat lacking in the area of security.
I've read several other books on the subject now and I think it compares favorably with most. I find the subject of normalization lacking in all of the books. If you are new to SQL my recommendation is to reduce the subject of normalization down to this: keep the long tables skinny and the fat tables short and minimize data redundancy.
If your new to SQL it's a good starting place and worth the price. It's especially useful for BCB or Delphi Programmers.
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This book helps to "demystify" SQL. Before I started reading this and also "Learn SQL in 10 Minutes," by Ben Forta, I had a mortal fear of databases, one that thanks to this book I now realize is totally unfounded. This book has a lot of good technical information about SQL, but it's presented in a way that makes it easy to understand and won't "scare off" the beginners like me. I liked how the author took great pains to explain a lot of SQL commands, making them relate to the topic being discussed.
The first two chapters cover relational database and SQL fundamentals. The next few chapters discuss more details about SQL, first its "languages," then how to build a SQL database, and once it's built how to retrieve data from it, and also issues relating to keeping it secure.
Generally, a good "Dummies" book on a complex subject.
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