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Ryan Stephens , Ron Plew , Arie D. Jones
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Book Description

13 May 2011 0672335417 978-0672335419 5

In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you’ll learn how to use SQL to build effective databases, efficiently retrieve your data, and manage everything from performance to security! Using this book’s straightforward, step-by-step approach, you’ll learn hands-on through practical examples. Each lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a strong real-world foundation for success. The authors guide you from the absolute basics to advanced techniques—including views, transactions, Web data publishing, and even powerful SQL extensions for Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server!


Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common SQL tasks.


Quizzes and Exercises at the end of each chapter help you test your knowledge.


By the Way notes present interesting information related to the discussion.


Did You Know? tips offer advice or show you easier ways to perform tasks.


Watch Out! cautions alert you to possible problems and give you advice on how to avoid them.


Learn how to…

  • Understand what SQL is, how it works, and what it does
  • Define efficient database structures and objects
  • “Normalize” raw databases into logically organized tables
  • Edit relational data and tables with DML
  • Manage database transactions
  • Write effective, well-performing queries
  • Categorize, summarize, sort, group, and restructure data
  • Work with dates and times
  • Join tables in queries, use subqueries, and combine multiple queries
  • Master powerful query optimization techniques
  • Administer databases and manage users
  • Implement effective database security
  • Use views, synonyms, and the system catalog
  • Extend SQL to the enterprise and Internet
  • Master important Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server extensions to ANSI SQL

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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 5 edition (13 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672335417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672335419
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 17.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

For more than 10 years, the authors have studied, applied, and documented the SQL standard and its application to critical database systems in this book.


Ryan Stephens and Ron Plew are entrepreneurs, speakers, and cofounders of Perpetual Technologies, Inc. (PTI), a fast-growing IT management and consulting firm. PTI specializes in database technologies, primarily Oracle and SQL servers running on all UNIX, Linux, and Microsoft platforms. Starting out as data analysts and database administrators, Ryan and Ron now lead a team of impressive technical subject matter experts who manage databases for clients worldwide. They authored and taught database courses for Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis for five years and have authored more than a dozen books on Oracle, SQL, database design, and high availability of critical systems.


Arie D. Jones is the principal technology manager for Perpetual Technologies, Inc. (PTI) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Arie leads PTI’s team of experts in planning, design, development, deployment, and management of database environments and applications to achieve the best combination of tools and services for each client. He is a regular speaker at technical events and has authored several books and articles pertaining to database-related topics.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Far too many errors 17 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I like the format of this book - I know some SQL from my work as a Systems Administrator and used this book to fill in the gaps.

However the code and exercises are so riddled with errors that I would not recommend it for a beginner - it is likely to confuse them when they get error messages or their answers don't tally with those given in the book. I've found mistakes in every section I've read up to now.

If you've got a bit of background in SQL or done some programming you'll probably spot the mistakes and correct them fairly easily.

An example of a typical error (Pages 84 and 85 - Manipulating data):

SMITH JOHN 312456788 3174549923
ROBERTS LISA 232118857 3175452321
SMITH SUE 443221989 3178398712
PIERCE BILLY 310239856 3176763990

What would happen if the following statements were run?

update employee_tbl
set last_name = 'CONRAD'
set first_name = 'LARRY'
where ssn = '313546078';

My answer: Nothing - because there is no entry in the example table with that SSN.

Book answer: JOHN SMITH is now LARRY CONRAD.

It is admirable that they've tried to cover all of the main implementations - but some examples are given in only one implementation which leaves you at a bit of a dead end if you want to try it out.

This book has clearly never been proofed properly. On that basis I find it hard to recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 6 Aug 2013
By Nigelo
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Easy to follow instructions for the beginner, I purchased this and another book for my staff at the office,. who have never really use SQL, these guys are now flying and are now quite advanced
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it three times 3 Dec 2012
By Nicole R. Norton - Published on
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Great intro to SQL if you're interested. You're not really going to learn this in 24 hours, but take your time and read it cover-to-cover at least three times - once for exposure, then a second time to really learn it, and a third time to pick up anything you didn't quite understand until you actually got some real hands-on experience.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'd recommend it. 24 Mar 2014
By Brian Mendicino - Published on
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This book is an easy read, and does a great job of explaining many of the basic SQL concepts to the reader. However, the examples in the book are littered with errors. Minor errors usually aren't a big deal, but when you're coding stuff, all it takes is one thing typed incorrectly to ruin whatever it is you're doing. I'm about half way through this book and find something wrong in at least one exercise in every chapter. I've had SQL practice in the past, so I'm able to recognize/work through the errors without too much difficulty, but someone new might not pick up on it being an error and think they've done something wrong.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book if you are a beginner or have not written SQL in a few years. 19 Feb 2013
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Great book if you are a beginner or have not written SQL in a few years. It has been three years since I wrote SQL, so this has been a good book to refer to get rolling again.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginners Guide 6 Aug 2013
By K Wallace - Published on
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Great book for those new to SQL with no formal training.
Those with some exposure, but want more details, this could be a decent book for your.

Book does not give a lot of examples, but those that are there can be helpful for the beginner.
Those intermediate users .. this is not for you unless you want a refresher self-study course.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 1 Jan 2014
By Mike Loehlein - Published on
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I am in the process of working thru this book and find it clear and easy to follow. The exercises help reinforce the topics and they build upon each other very well. Would recommend.
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