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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 3 edition (31 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672325675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672325670
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.

About the Author

Ben Forta is Macromedia's Senior Technical Evangelist and has almost 20 years of experience in the computer industry in product development, support, training, and product marketing. Ben is the author of the best-selling ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit and Advanced ColdFusion Development (both published by Que), Sams Teach Yourself Regular Expressions in 10 Minutes (in this same series), and also books on Flash, Java, WAP, Windows 2000, and other subjects. He has extensive experience in database design and development, has implemented databases for several highly successful commercial software programs, and is a frequent lecturer and columnist on Internet and database technologies. Born in London, England, and educated in London, New York, and Los Angeles, Ben now lives in Oak Park, Michigan, with his wife Marcy and their seven children. Ben welcomes your email at ben@forta.com, and invites you to visit his Web site at http://www.forta.com.


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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Mr E M Phillips on 13 Mar 2005
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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 By A. I. Mackenzie VINE VOICE on 28 April 2006
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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 By A Customer on 4 Dec 2005
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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 By Ian Peter Avery on 24 Dec 2006
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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 By Mr. J. Burney on 19 Jun 2007
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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 By Cozumel on 7 May 2007
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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 By Peter Skelton on 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 By "flamonrose" on 8 Feb 2005
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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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