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  • Paperback: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 1 edition (19 Aug. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672311100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672311109
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 19 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,541,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Examples in book that may not work with some databases
Some readers have purchased this book with the expectation that all examples in the book will work with all implementations of SQL. This book does not completely cover any particular vendor of SQL, but covers ANSI SQL. ANSI SQL is a standard and not a database itself. Please note that some implementations of SQL are not completely ANSI compliant. In this book, we have shown the ANSI (standard) syntax of code, and have shown examples from various implementations of SQL. The majority of the examples have been performed using Oracle since Oracle is mostly ANSI compliant, and since Oracle is the most popular relational database. If you are using an implementation that does not comply with standard SQL, some of the examples may not work.

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Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 21 Days Third Edition Take your skills to the next level In just 21 days, youll have all the skills you need to begin programming with SQL quickly and easily. With this complete tutorial, youll master the basics and then move on to the more advanced features and concepts.
Understand the fundamentals of SQL programming
Master all the new and advanced features SQL offers
Learn how to effectively use the latest tools and features by following practical, real-world examples
Get expert tips from leading authorities on implementing SQL in the corporate environment
Completely updated and revised, this book is designed for the way you learn. Go chapter by chapter through the step-by-step lessons or just choose those lessons that interest you the most.
Ryan K. Stephens is the president and CEO of Perpetual Technologies, Inc. Most of Ryans time is spent in Oracle database administration, Oracle training, and developing training materials. Ryan has more than 10 years experience with Oracle development, Oracle administration, and UNIX. He is an Oracle Certified Professional and is an adjunct professor for Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. He also serves part time as an Oracle programmer for the Indiana National Guard. Ronald R. Plew is owner and vice-president of Perpetual Technologies, Inc., and is an adjunct professor with Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, where he teaches various SQL, UNIX, and Oracle database classes. An Oracle Certified Professional, Ronald is an Oracle/SQL programmer for the Indiana National Guard.
oLearn to create and maintain your own SQL tables
oExplore the fundamentals of retrieving data with SQL queries
oLearn essential SQL debugging techniques for troubleshooting your own SQL code oDiscover how to mold and shape your data with SQLs built-in functions
oTune your database using stored procedures and triggers
oEnhance your database security with tips from experienced database administrators oImprove your database performance by streamlining SQL statements and creating indexes
oWork through this editions seven bonus days to further enhance your SQL knowledge
oExplore new SQL territories by reviewing the SQL 3 standards
oGain an understanding of PL/SQL, Transact-SQL, and SQL*Plus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 25 Sept. 1998
Usually I don't buy for things that promise to teach you everything you'll ever need in life in "14 days", "24 hours", "30 minutes", or something along these lines, but this one was on sale. Good thing it was! The authors treat the subject in enough depth for an intermediate-level professional text. Every new command introduced is accompanied with one or more examples. The latter were clear and illustrative. I found material division into parts ("weeks") and chapters ("days") to be logical. The level of complexity gradually builds up throughout the text, yet every chapter is self-contained. This allows the complete beginners to start from Day 1 and follow through the rest of the book, and people with intermediate level of expertise can definitely use it as a language reference. While enterprise-level DBAs will most probably want to use more fine-grained and/or more targeted resources, I would think this book would be suitable for application developers and low-end database DBAs.
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This book is a real gem. I am a newcommer to SQL, but have been programming for 18 years. This book got me up-and-running in just 10 days! A great source of information and beautifully written.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 April 1999
For a start-from-scratch introduction to SQL, this book is paced OK and is pretty approachable. I woudn't recommend it to anyone past the low novice level, though. Many subjects are dealt with far too lightly and often very uneven. "DISTINCT" is mentioned, for instance, in the Common Error section and in one other note area, but I didn't find an actual definition anywhere. This might be due to the index, which seemed half-hearted at best. This complicates learning, in that it's dificult to cross-refference and build on the lessons. As for using the book once the lessons have been run through, forget it. This book is pretty much worthless as a refference. Since this is a teaching book, I guess I shouldn't harp too much on it's value for ongoing refference. However, I doubt anyone buys a book with the intention of throwing it away after one read-through. There are better options out there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A blah intro book, and a very poor refference 27 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
For a start-from-scratch introduction to SQL, this book is paced OK and is pretty approachable. I woudn't recommend it to anyone past the low novice level, though. Many subjects are dealt with far too lightly and often very uneven. "DISTINCT" is mentioned, for instance, in the Common Error section and in one other note area, but I didn't find an actual definition anywhere. This might be due to the index, which seemed half-hearted at best. This complicates learning, in that it's dificult to cross-refference and build on the lessons. As for using the book once the lessons have been run through, forget it. This book is pretty much worthless as a refference. Since this is a teaching book, I guess I shouldn't harp too much on it's value for ongoing refference. However, I doubt anyone buys a book with the intention of throwing it away after one read-through. There are better options out there.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
good for computer users medium to advanced 17 Jan. 2000
By phillip hebenstreit - Published on Amazon.com
For the price you gain a lot of knowledge in a short amount of time. 21 days or less it's easy to read thru a chapter or 3 and only spend an hour doing it. I wouldn't turn anyone away from this book, but a Novice or low level user should be aware that they may need to re-read a chapter more then once.
it's a good book. covers a lot of information in a basic fashion with simple examples.
Great if you understand some programming or basic Database concepts and you just want to get up to speed on some more advanced topics. Could also be good for novice users looking to start learning about SQL, I just think some of the examples and explanations might be a little hard for someone who's never used databases before. But, if they read each chapter twice if they feel like they are missing something, I think they will be fine and be happy with this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A book that lives up to it's promise 10 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
If your new to SQL and have a very basic understanding of database concepts, this book is for you. I don't care for 99% of the books that claim to teach you something "overnight." Most of them are shallow balony and a waste of paper. I decide to peek inside this book to see what it offered. Glad I did. This book gives a clear and understandable explanation of SQL commands and syntax and points out non-standard uses in certain implementations. I'm only to Day 11 and chapter 10 is the only chapter that seemed to have typo's (so far). So it's worth what you may spend for it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Useful only as a doorstop or paperweight 20 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is the worst technical book I've ever read. I expect examples to work; I expect quiz questions to be based on material actually included in the chapter. If there's sample code, I expect to see the results of the sample code. No excuse.
Definitely not a one-dayer 25 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Usually I don't buy for things that promise to teach you everything you'll ever need in life in "14 days", "24 hours", "30 minutes", or something along these lines, but this one was on sale. Good thing it was! The authors treat the subject in enough depth for an intermediate-level professional text. Every new command introduced is accompanied with one or more examples. The latter were clear and illustrative. I found material division into parts ("weeks") and chapters ("days") to be logical. The level of complexity gradually builds up throughout the text, yet every chapter is self-contained. This allows the complete beginners to start from Day 1 and follow through the rest of the book, and people with intermediate level of expertise can definitely use it as a language reference. While enterprise-level DBAs will most probably want to use more fine-grained and/or more targeted resources, I would think this book would be suitable for application developers and low-end database DBAs.
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