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"LAN Times" Guide to SQL (LAN Times series) [Paperback]

James R. Groff , Paul N. Weinberg
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1 April 1994 007882026X 978-0078820267 2nd Revised edition
This guide to the Structured Query Language (SQL) describes the SQL database language specified by the ANSI/ISO SQL standard and used by many of today's leading database management systems, including DB2, OS/2 E.E., Oracle, Ingres, Sybase, SQL server, SQLBase and dBASE IV. Written for users who are new to databases, as well as for experienced programmers, this text is a straight forward account of what SQL is, why it is important and how to use it. For beginners, there's a step-by-step account of how to use the language. The authors then launch into issues on database structure, the most efficient way to update data, SQL security, programming with SQL and SQL's future directions.

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  • Paperback: 664 pages
  • Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007882026X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078820267
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 19 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,807,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars All that is needed 11 May 1999
By A Customer
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I must say that this book is the best for a person who has no experience with SQL. It provides you with all the knowledge needed in working in a database programming environment and gets you on your way real quick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best guide to the real SQL standard I've seen! 17 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Best "how to" SQL book I've ever read 12 Jun 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Updated version of the book is available 15 Dec 1999
By H. Vellanki - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For an updated verion of this great book by the same authors, look at SQL: The complete Reference - from Osborne. Most of the content is the same as the old book with about 300 pages of new material.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best "how to" SQL book I've ever read 12 Jun 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet....simply the best 28 Nov 2000
By Paul Martino - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An Oldie but a Goodie to an Intermediate Level 22 Aug 2000
By Henry Reel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable SQL reference 26 April 2000
By Andrew Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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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