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SQL: Visual QuickStart Guide Paperback – Jul 29 2002


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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (July 29 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321118030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321118035
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 17.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,296,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bunny Bear on Feb. 15 2003
Format: Paperback
Excellent book for learning SQL. This little books seems to pack a big punch in everything there is to know about SQL. There are around 200 to 300 sample queries, that start from the basics to nice fancy ones. You will learn about subsetting, fucntions, grouping, joins, subqueries, set operations, indexes, views, data definition language, and much more. For every topic you will get instructions on how its done in about the five most common SQL implementations.
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excellent book for learning SQL and also as a reference. One of the best SQL book I read over the years. Explain every detail you need to know from ground up with a lot of wonderful examples. Strongly recommended to anyone who want to learn SQL or use SQL daily
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth L Gutwillig on Sept. 5 2002
Format: Paperback
Anyone who uses SQL regularly knows that it's absolutely critical to understand nulls - you can't write SQL programs or interpret results without mastering them. In most of the SQL books that I've read, nulls are mentioned once near the beginning and not given much screen time afterwards - perhaps popping up in an example here and there. This book takes the different (and welcome) approach of weaving the implications of nulls throughout the entire text. In addition to null rudiments, this book addresses crucial issues such as detecting and counting nulls, how nulls give rise to three-value logic (true/false/unknown), when nulls are considered to be duplicates and when they aren't, substituting actual values for nulls and vice versa, how nulls sort, how nulls propagate through computations, which functions ignore nulls and which don't, how nulls affect joins, and how nulls cause problems in subqueries. The book also contains specific tips for Oracle, which (for some reason) considers empty strings to be nulls.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Pennington on Sept. 4 2002
Format: Paperback
There are several "software-independent" SQL books available. I thumbed through a number before landing on this one. I believe I got real lucky.
I'm a research analyst at a large medical center. I pull data from various sources using SQL front-ends and stuff data into MS Access for analysis or additional manipulation. I needed an SQL reference for both parts of my job, understanding what I was getting from the hospital systems and writing better SQL in Access or imbeddded SQL in VBA code. This book serves my needs because it is a thorough reference and also because it has plenty of Access examples and tips.
I'm also impressed with the layout of the Visual QuickStart Guide. It is very easy to find the information you are after and the bullet points are generally right on target with the details important to the task at hand. I haven't had to read the entire book cover to cover to do some work, and that's the point. When the author does interject himself, his comments are insightful and meaningful. An example, "Although SELECT is powerful, it's not dangerous. You can't use it to add, change or delete data... The dangerous stuff starts in Chapter 9."
A great technical reference in a crowded field.
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