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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Booksurge Publishing (Dec 30 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143925317X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439253175
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #678,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A great approach to teaching, uses good analogies and easy to follow examples. I had the opportunity to meet the author and receive some in person training. I must say, prior to that I had thought of SQL as mysterious and enigmatic, but I was surprised at how simple and easy to understand it could be. Highly recommended series! Also of note: when I placed the order it noted "Usually ships within 1 to 2 months" and I was given a delivery estimate between 3-7 weeks out, however my order shipped in 3 business days, and was delivered another 3 business days after that (to Canada). So don't let that deter you!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d31c60c) out of 5 stars 105 reviews
66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d34206c) out of 5 stars Fantastic Starting Point Feb. 3 2010
By Jason Greenwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a fantastic starting point for anyone looking to learn SQL, as well as start studying for the 70-433 Microsoft certification. Whereas a lot of books assume you already KNOW SQL, and are simply brushing up (even though they use terms like 'Starting' or 'Beginners'), this book really DOES start you from the very beginning, even explaining what a database is, and leads you very clearly through queries, joining, DDL, DML, and even things like stored procedures and security, all in a very balanced, non-threatening way. Never is there a wall that you hit, like you do in some books, where you're reading along, feeling like you're 'getting it', and you turn a page and nothing makes sense any more. Everything builds very nicely on everything else, and by the end, you truly understand everything you've gone through so far.

This is a real winner, and I very much look forward to all the other volumes in the series.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d3420c0) out of 5 stars Great for beginners Jan. 27 2010
By Ranjita Dogra - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is highly recommended for people who know little to nothing about SQL. I was one of them. All the topics are explained in a simple, concise language, augmented with lots of pictures, which made it very easy for me to follow. This kept me interested from start to finish, which many other books failed had to do earlier. The video tutorials were of great help as well. The labs helped me fortify the skills that the book taught me. I cannot wait to start with Volume 2 of the series!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d34239c) out of 5 stars Top Notch Training!! Dec 22 2010
By Steven - Published on Amazon.com
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I was skeptical about ordering because I always see products online saying they're the best or that they will help you learn the quickest. When it comes to Joes 2 Pros they're absolutely telling the truth about the effectiveness of the product!

Your approach to training has been by far the easiest I've found, plus your instructions actually work unlike other books! I've tried other books that are supposed to be for beginners and they either leave out crucial steps or their sample code and instructions fail to execute.

I also love the fact that a you can read the book, view videos and then do labs or you can switch it up. This training caters to all learning styles! Bravo!

If you're a beginner (like me) or just feel the need to brush up on your skills, I highly recommend Joes 2 Pros.

*UPDATE* 3/5/2011
I took advantage of the awesome special to get the Kindle edition for $5.99! What an excellent option to have available for those of use who are on the move. Now I can always have my book with me on my Kindle for iPhone app and study when it's convenient. The digital edition is well done and displays perfect, even on the smaller iPhone display. If an image appears, just double-tap it and it zooms in so you can easily see it!
I'm growing more and more fond of this product and can't wait to continue my studies! Grab the Kindle editions when you have a chance because I really don't think you'll be disappointed. My next goal is to figure out how to attend the classes in Washington because I bet it would be just as great.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d342294) out of 5 stars Succinct and very practical April 25 2011
By 1shot - Published on Amazon.com
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I am still working through this book, but I wanted to share my insights on the book thus far. What strikes me most about the author, Rick Morelan, is that he is down to earth (refreshing) in his teaching approach and presentation, and places a high value on his students' (readers) time. He wastes absolutely no time jumping right into some extremely practical examples of how SQL works. He follows up lessons with practical labs/exercises, which help solidify one's understanding of new material. This method works really well with my learning style. As a sidenote, I realize there is more to SQL than what is presented, but the author's intention is not to cover every aspect of SQL. However, the core nuts and bolts that are in this book definitely help start the learning flywheel. I have another SQL book, but it was a bit over my head as a beginner. At this early stage, I needn't be bogged down in trivial aspects of SQL, but rather the core fundamentals, which are clearly explained in this book.

Important knowledge is presented in a succinct but very illuminating fashion. The labs/exercises help to solidify the new knowledge. I also have the accompanying DVD (sold separately, but worth it if you are a visual learner) to this book, and it marries up nicely with the book. On the whole, just seeing the birds eye view of how SQL operates and how things fit together will be a good platform for launching into more advanced topics, or diving deeper into topics already covered.

I am a one-man IT department, but to date have very little knowledge of SQL and SQL Server (not my responsibility, but I am quite interested, thus my purchase of this book!). I have been fairly intimidated about learning SQL Server, especially about where to begin and where to turn for reliable and helpful beginner's information (since there are so many options out there!). I am glad I selected this series. I have a good feeling Mr. Morelan's resources will save me a lot of time ... and money ... as I continue forward with his series! Well done to the authors!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d342480) out of 5 stars Hi My name is Joe.and now I am a pro! Great book Feb. 1 2010
By TBITES - Published on Amazon.com
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OMG! finally a great tool. I love books like this. Rick has done a great job.
If you go to [...] and check out his videos. wow what a treat.
It is nice to have a guy who really wants you to master SQL. I mean the text size and screenshots are big enough for you to follow along and practice the labs.
I mean and the way he has it logically formatted to help you learn. I am buying his entire set on SQL. As a network engieer or admin, these books are a must. And so many so called experts create a so called academic version with too much fluff and not enought Puff! Rick Morelan's books on SQL give lots of Puff without too much Fluff! fantastic book...hit the ground running kind of book. yeah!