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on June 12, 1997
I wish I had known about this book three years ago when I became a PowerBuilder/Sybase programmer. This is a very clear and easy to ready book on a not too easy to understand subject. The authors have done a superb job in explaining what the SQL language is and how it works. I highly recommend this book to anybody dealing with RDBMS systems. It's a book that should be on anybody's reference library. The chapters on queries and referential integrity are very well written. Also the chapter on building dynamic SQL is a "must read" for anybody doing this type of SQL access
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on July 31, 2000
I was introducted to this book as a student at DeVry Institute of Technology in Dallas, TX. I found the book to be a great introduction into the SQL language. The books presents a detailed (yet non-exhaustive) history of the language, along with a good solid introduction to the methodology of SQL. It also provides practical examples of relational DMBS scripting, history and methodology. I would recommend those with absolutely no database experience check out the Modern Database Management book (ISBN: 0-8053-6054-9) before purchasing this book.
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on December 17, 1998
This book is the best! It doesn't tie itself to any single SQL-based product. Instead, it guides you through the actual SQL standard with a few notes on deviations by specific products.
With this book, I set up a freeware/generic SQL server and had a working database within an hour. Aside from this book, I have no database experience...just programming and systems experience. I found it a great resource for setting up tables and queries, including under specific products such as "Access97" and other (server-based) products.
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on August 22, 2000
With 5 other SQL titles on my shelf, plus docs from Sybase, Oracle & MS SQL Server, this is the book I (almost) always grab first.
Well-organized and well-written, an excellent walk-through of "the basics" and as a syntax reference with good examples.
Look elsewhere however for advanced administration and optimization techniques (Celko's SQL for Smarties is good in this regard). Consider this book as best for Beginner-to-Intermediate topics.
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on November 10, 2003
I must say, that this book is written by professionals. I have tons of books about SQL, and this book is among of the best.
What is important: authors waste no time on less important stuff. Every chapter, every paragraph in this book is like a sniper shoot.
All clear, all design philosophy is explained. Caveats are pinpointed, working examples provided.
This book will greatly help novices, and also will be useful for advanced users.
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on September 17, 1999
As an in-depth SQL reference is excellent. I have been studying SQL using this book as the only reference and it's perfect. It's well written, and easy to understand and digest. It even talks about the diferences among Vendors and standards. The only problem is its age: it's a 5-year-old book, and in the evolving computer market, it's a lot. But as an SQL reference: I really recommend it!
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on April 26, 2000
This is a great book to begin to understand how to write queries for databases in SQL. It starts off with the simple queries, and moves onto the more advanced commands that are used for maintaining databases.
It is a simple and clear text, and has been an invaluable source whilst creating databases and writing code to interact with these databases.
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on October 15, 1999
This book is five years old and there are many SQL books in the market. Yet this book is unbeatable. Its scope and clarity set it clearly apart. Do not miss this book. A computer book which remains a leading one years after years in such a hot area as SQL and RDMS must be a great book. And this one is.
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on October 20, 1999
I was searching Amazon for a text on distributed database architectures when I stumbled across this classic. My own copy, bought years ago, is still kept within reach and is a viable today as the day it was written. Love the book - you will too.
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on November 28, 2000
My only regret is that these authors don't write books for every IT subject I'm studying. I am a CNE and MCSE who is studying to become a DBA. Simply put, this is the BEST starting book for ANYONE who is interested in databases or SQL.
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