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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (20 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596008945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596008949
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Enterprises throughout the world are confronted with exploding volumes of data, and many IT departments are looking for quick solutions. This insightful book demonstrates that since SQL code may run for 5 to 10 years, and run on different hardware, it must be fast and sound from the start. Expert Stephane Faroult offers SQL best practices and relational theory that force you to focus on strategy rather than specifics.

About the Author

Stephane Faroult first discovered relational databases and the SQL language back in 1983. He joined Oracle France in their early days (after a brief spell with IBM and a bout of teaching at the University of Ottawa) and soon developed an interest in performance and tuning topics. After leaving Oracle in 1988, he briefly tried to reform and did a bit of operational research, but after one year, he succumbed again to relational databases. He has been continuously performing database consultancy since then, and founded RoughSea Ltd in 1998.

Graduated in geology from Durham University (1968), then taught at Edinburgh University, obtaining an M.Phil in geology 1975. Worked in Greece as a geologist (1973,74), and then in University of Newcastle specialising in geological databases.Joined the British Geological Survey 1980, and has steered the organisations' use of database ever since, as data architect and database administrator. Has worked with databases since 1977, relational databases since 1981, and Oracle since 1985. He has lectured widely in the UK on geological aspects of database and has specialised on aspects of the SQL system as well as data modelling from the corporate architecture down to the departmental level. He has presented at various Oracle database conferences both in the UK, Europe and North America. Currently a director on the board of the UK Oracle Users Group.


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By Richard Bensley on 2 July 2014
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Every DBA needs to read this.
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By Gary Clarke on 11 Sept. 2011
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One of the best Sql books books available -still very relevant in 2011 - i have read this book many times - the author writes using superb entertaining battle analogies to aid understandin of very complex topics. Enjoyable and illuminating - Most sql books are too simplistic and therefore very boring not this one - also very practical.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Gray on 9 Sept. 2007
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Coming from a background of developing websites and client applications I have been searching for a book to really help me get to grips with SQL. This has been an enlightening read and completely changed my approach to writing SQL. I have a much better understanding of how to deal with millions of rows of data, complex joins etc. I suspect this book may not be universally popular but it is a great read for the target audience of inexperienced SQL developers.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roald Andresen on 1 May 2007
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This book does not present anything new, and the validity of several of the key issues is debateable. Not few of the authors claims are just as much a matter of opinion as of professional soundness. Furthermore, the correctness of several points are dbms dependent and cannot be stated on a general basis.

Finally: The "planning a battle campaign" just becomes silly after a while.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Harrow on 27 July 2006
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This is not yet another cook book but instead a whole approach to coding SQL.
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