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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 4 edition (8 Nov. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201964260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201964264
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,695,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The SQL language has established itself as the linqua franca database management; it provides the basis for systems interoperability, application portability, client/server operation, distributed database, and more, and is supported by just about every DBMS on the market today. SQL2 - or, to give it its official name, the International Standard Database language SQL (1992) - represents a major set of extensions to the earlier SQL standard. For a start, the new specification is well over 600 pages, compared with less than 100 for the original version. No database professional can afford to ignore it.

  • Thorough revision of the official ANSI standard for SQL.
  • Covers all important new SQL2 features including extensive integrity support, powerful new operators, national and international character data support and comprehensive date and time support.
  • Continues the tradition of careful, clear, and accurate explanations of complex technical material
Features New to this Edition
  • Covers extensive integrity support, powerful new operators, national and international character data support, all features of SQL2; comprehensive date and time support and clear explanation of the complexitites of Dynamic SQL, all features of SQL2.
  • Provides first tutorial treatment available anywhere of the brand new and dramatically extended version of SQL known informally as SQL2 or SQL/92.


About the Author

C. J. Date is an independent author, lecturer, researcher, and consultant specializing in relational database systems, a field he helped pioneer. Among other projects, he was involved in technical planning for the IBM products SQL/DS and DB2. He is best known for his books, in particular, An Introduction to Database Systems (7th edition, Addison-Wesley, 2000), the standard text in the field, which has sold well over half a million copies worldwide. Mr. Date is widely acknowledged for his ability to explain complex technical material in a clear and understandable fashion.

Hugh Darwen has been involved in software development since 1967 as an employee of IBM United Kingdom, Ltd. He has been active in the relational database arena since 1978. He was one of the chief architects and developers of an IBM relational product called Business System 12, a product that faithfully embraced the principles of the relational model. He has been an active participant in the development of SQL international standards since 1988.


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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
Varied DBMS products do tend to limit portability applications if not answered well. ISO/ANSI SQL compliance at current standard is key. Best Bet!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
This is not a "How to...." book 2 Mar. 2000
By Joseph E. Swanson - Published on
Format: Paperback
For beginners, this book can be a complete nightmare. It reminded me of the dreary, theory laden texts of my college days more than anything. If you want to know not just how but why SQL works like it does, then this is the book for you, and you will be very happy with it. If you're looking for a reference book to support your existing SQL knowledge, then this book can serve that purpose also. However, if you're looking for something to learn SQL from at the beginner's level, this book is not for you. It is not specific to any database, lacks examples or tutorials, and speaks at the level of someone who has SQL experience.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A must for any database developer 22 Aug. 1998
By Branimir Dolicki ( - Published on
Format: Paperback
With so many different DBMS products on the market it is very important to be able to write database applications easily portable from one to another. The key to this portability is writing in compliance to the ISO/ANSI SQL standard. This book has been able to answer almost every my question! I can hardly say that for any other computer book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Rather narrow in scope, and for experts only 30 Dec. 2000
By "arftu" - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a book that will take you through the SQL standard, explaining what each part means and how to use each feature, then you need to look elsewhere. If you are an expert SQL user, and interested in some of the intimate detail of the standard, for example the way time and dates work, and why they work the way they do, this may well be the book for you, but it?s still expensive for the number of pages. If you known the basics well already, and want to become a power SQL user, then I?d recommend Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
SQL For Real Programmers 28 Sept. 2003
By William G. Ryan - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are a newbie looking how to make a Select statement work, this probably isn't for you. On the other hand, if you are experienced and want a book to help you understand how and why many DB's function like they this
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Beginners Beware ! (And more ...) 26 Nov. 1999
By David Fishman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Maybe experienced database developers and administrators might find this book useful, however, in my opinion, for someone looking for an introduction to the SQL world, this is one confusing collection of printed pages with all beginning pages referencing the final ones, and vice-versa. The author does not hide his dissatisfaction with the official standard and claims that the confused nature of the book simply reflects the inconsistencies and unsettled issues in the standard itself. Well, in that case, with all due respect to standard-setter and author - I am beginning to wonder why talk about a standard at all !
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