Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming Paperback – Oct 18 2010
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"This book is a classic, and this revision will merely solidify its position." --Rudy Limeback
"This book focuses on the problems of standardization and the related problems of measurements. It is clearly intended to encourage designers to at least be aware of the problems, before their database designs go live."--Jeffrey Putnam, October 2010, Reviews.com
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SQL for Smarties was hailed as the first book devoted explicitly to the advanced techniques needed to transform an experienced SQL programmer into an expert. Now, 15 years later and in its fourth edition, this classic reference still reigns supreme as the only book written by a SQL master that teaches programmers and practitioners to become SQL masters themselves! These are not just tips and techniques; also offered are the best solutions to old and new challenges. Joe Celko conveys the way you need to think in order to get the most out of SQL programming efforts for both correctness and performance. New to the fourth edition, Joe features new examples to reflect the ANSI/ISO Standards so anyone can use it. He also updates data element names to meet new ISO―11179 rules with the same experience-based teaching style that made the previous editions the classics they are today.See all Product Description
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For the items that are applicable, they are so specific, I can't image any time that I would need them. For example matrix multiplication and graph theory.
On the advanced topics, the real good ones are covered in more detail in his other books. I would recommend Joe Celko's Trees and Hierarchies which goes into more detail from the trees section in this book.
Overall, I'm glad I reviewed this book, but I would like to see a language specific version that provided working examples.
What I have always liked about Joe Celko's books is that once you start reading, it's hard to stop. He likes to explain why the SQL standards are written the way they are, often including why SQL databases are not as portable as might be expected. Since his books are not vendor specific, he can provide tips and hints, and in some cases what NOT to do, for several of the main vendors. There is much pedigogy presented; perhaps not always of direct value, but certainly interesting.
Joe lays a substantial foundation about data types, NULLS, implementation and the set theory basis of SQL. In fact the basic SELECT statement does not even get detailed attention until Chapter 24. But remember, this is a book for 'Smarties' and many of the difficulties of getting SQL to return specific result sets are presented in earlier chapters. Some familiarity with the language will be required.
After Chapter 24, the examples are many and the number of data retreival issues covered many: simple aggregates, OLAP, statistics, matrices, UNIONs, graphs, temporal queries, and optimization (even FoxPro gets a tip of the hat for speed).
This book takes you through Tables as entities, tables as relationships, and the idea of Rows versus records.In the "great Schema" of things, Transactions and concurrency control is explained and illustrated in detail.Coming from the detail of Schema level Objects to the various types of Tables and the language issues from the earliest SQL to the later XML forms, it is all illustrated in this book for those who wish to work with the Core Essential that is SQL.
With books like "SQL for Smarties", which have been around long enough, readers have the choice of paying for the newest edition or saving their money by buying an older edition. I happen to own the second edition, and I notice that material from that edition has been re-arranged, and several new chapters have been introduced. Unless one requires something available only in the latest edition, I recommend finding an older edition.
To put this review in context, I have many years of experience writing in procedural programming languages, but only occasionally develop SQL code.
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