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Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes (3rd Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Ben Forta
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Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes has established itself as the gold standard for introductory SQL books, offering a fast-paced accessible tutorial to the major themes and techniques involved in applying the SQL language. Forta's examples are clear and his writing style is crisp and concise. As with earlier editions, this revision includes coverage of current versions of all major commercial SQL platforms. New this time around is coverage of MySQL, and PostgreSQL. All examples have been tested against each SQL platform, with incompatibilities or platform distinctives called out and explained.

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Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes has established itself as the gold standard for introductory SQL books, offering a fast-paced accessible tutorial to the major themes and techniques involved in applying the SQL language. Forta¿s examples are clear and his writing style is crisp and concise. As with earlier editions, this revision includes coverage of current versions of all major commercial SQL platforms. New this time around is coverage of MySQL, and PostgreSQL. All examples have been tested against each SQL platform, with incompatibilities or platform distinctives called out and explained.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1684 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 3 edition (31 Mar 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KAB8YS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #325,974 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ben Forta is Adobe Inc.'s Director of Platform Evangelism, and has over two decades of experience in the computer industry in product development, support, training, and marketing. Ben is the author of the best-selling ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit series, as well as books on SQL, Regular Expressions, Java Server Pages, WAP, Windows development, and more. Over 1/2 million Ben Forta books have been printed in fifteen languages worldwide. Ben co-authored the official ColdFusion training material, as well as the certification tests and official study guides for those tests, writes regular columns on ColdFusion and Internet development, and now spends a considerable amount of time lecturing and speaking on application development worldwide.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to learn SQL from scratch 13 Mar 2005
Format:Paperback
The author has deliberately set out to create a book that assumes the reader has never used SQL before. It starts at the beginning with very simple tasks and works through more complex SQL as the book progresses. This book is nicely separated into small chapters so you can learn small chunks of precise material, and then come back later to learn a bit more.
It is also possible to download a training database, which accompanies the book - so you can try out, step-by-step, everything you read in the book.
I particularly like how the author quotes observations you are likely to witness when doing the tasks, so you understand the exact purpose behind entering each key stroke.
If you want to learn SQL from scratch or just need a book to jog your memory - look no further.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 April 2006
By A. I. Mackenzie VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For some reason the smaller the book (on databases) the more useful it is. Get this and the 'Essence of databases' and you won't need much else.

This one sits on my shelf and gets daily use as a reference.

It is also useful to learn SQL, I've just replaced my first copy with the second edition and the coverage of Stored Procedures and Triggers has improved.

The only real weakness is that some of the examples are a little simplistic, you usually need to do operations on several rows, not just one. But despite this, the book is excellent particularly for the price.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
If you need a painless introduction to SQL, this book is excellent. I now work in db administration and development, and this was my first SQL book ever. The explanations are clear, accurate, and try to cover the most popular DBMSs on the market (mainly SQL Server and Oracle), though the book doesn't usually mention which SQL statements are supported in Access and which ones aren't. This is understandable, but an irritating omission nonetheless. I also had to refer to other sources to get a clear explanation of joins; I found the book to be inadequate in this respect, but apart from that it is excellent.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well thumbed by our MI team 24 Dec 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is easy to understand and taught me some really useful and simple SQL. I keep going back to it for bits and peices when I need to. I mainly program in SAS but I have found SQL is a lot better for summarising data and can do things SAS can't, like handle many to many merges in a more flexible way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great (if not simplistic) reference 19 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
This is a great reference for those starting out with SQL, or those just looking for a quick reference book to keep on their desks.

Don't be mistaken tho, it's by no means a complete reference, and doesn't cover any of the advanced SQL, but it's explanation of triggers, stored procedures, and transactions is a great reference to get around those mental syntax blocks
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners but... 7 May 2007
By Cozumel
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This is an excellent book if you're a complete beginner to SQL, but if you have even a limited working knowledge of SQL then the chances are you'll actually know most of it already.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Basic Introduction 10 Dec 2007
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This book is a great place to start for SQL. It tells you pretty much everything you are going to need to know for basic database usage. The later chapters on more advanced features such as triggers and stored procedures aren't massively useful as they don't go into enough depth but the author does say that they are only really intended to give you an idea of what you can do, not how to do it.

This book isn't going to teach you everything you need to know about SQL but it will give you the basics quickly and painlessly.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick reference that helped me through Uni 8 Feb 2005
Format:Paperback
Teach yourself in ten minutes breaks down SQL in easy to manage chunks, I was never witrhout it in my last year of Uni. It didn't give me all the information I needed to complete complex queries, but was always a good jumping off point. I would highly recommend this book to anyone starting out with SQL either at work or in University
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some useful advice
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for a complete novice
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Published 21 months ago by artur koral
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily read and easy to use
The book is easy to understand and use. Great for beginners! I recommend it to anyone not familiar with SQL and wanting to learn.
Published on 15 Oct 2012 by kaffesoester
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to SQL
Building on a very dodgy basis of some Access porgramming 15 years ago, I was intrigued and delighted with this straightforward guide to SQL programming. Read more
Published on 4 May 2012 by Mr. David J. Uhlar
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners or Reference
This is a great book if you are a beginner or if you do not use SQL every day and so need a quick reference guide for simple to fairly complex queries.
Published on 26 Jan 2012 by M Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent introduction
An excellent introduction to SQL.

I particularly liked the sequence of the chapters. Moving from the most simple concepts through to the more difficult. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by ivan
4.0 out of 5 stars A genuinely useful intro' and essential refresher...
I've now purchased several copies of this book, providing it as the first point of introduction and reference to the members of my (SQL) testing team. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by G. Ward
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