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5.0 out of 5 stars A really useful book
This is not the best book for someone with no sql experience but if you want to move on to the next level this is the book to help you do so.
Published on 20 Nov 2012 by MikeS

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but many errors
I have always admired Joe Celko for bringing SQL smarts to SQL programming. This book is a very good step forward over the previous books. However within minutes of opening the book I found several errors. And I noticed this in his other books as well. It seems the editorial and technical staff of his publisher needs improving. The most frustrating thing is that there is...
Published on 21 Dec 2010 by S. Rafiq


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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but many errors, 21 Dec 2010
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This review is from: Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems) (Paperback)
I have always admired Joe Celko for bringing SQL smarts to SQL programming. This book is a very good step forward over the previous books. However within minutes of opening the book I found several errors. And I noticed this in his other books as well. It seems the editorial and technical staff of his publisher needs improving. The most frustrating thing is that there is no website or e-mail address in the book where to get the corrections or send errata.

It can make for a frustrating and confusing read at time. His strict adherence to a SQL standard can be also frustrating. Perhaps just once in a while it would be nice to see things in T-SQL or PL/SQL.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really useful book, 20 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems) (Paperback)
This is not the best book for someone with no sql experience but if you want to move on to the next level this is the book to help you do so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb SQL Book one of the best, 23 Oct 2011
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I highly recommend this excellent book - I've read over 50 database books and this is in my top 5.
Mr Celko writes in a highly opinionated, slightly arrogant style, I can understand how this annoys some readers.
I though find it entertaining and above all educational, because he is so good at explaining complex topics in a readable practical manner. I love his characterisation of ID Idiot developers for example which is so true. It's a shame there are so few advanced practical sql books relevant to the real world like this - most others are far too simplistic and of no value to anyone beyond beginner level.
Please somebody write some more books like this - especially focused on database programming and Postgres, for which there are no recently published books available (apart from Postgres tuning and admin).
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4.0 out of 5 stars just for the fun of having it on my desk, 6 July 2014
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This review is from: Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems) (Paperback)
Bought an early edition years ago, just for the fun of having it on my desk. This edition is better and I agree with other reviews.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good, if you are very good, 22 April 2013
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Don't underestimate the amount of knowledge required to understand this. It is an into depth book and if you are a novice to SQL you'll have a hard time to follow Joe. He obviously is very good so he shows you a multitude of "best possible solutions" assuming you know quite a bit already.

Yes, it took me quite a bit of reading to fully understand his solutions but in the end they are worth the effort of buying & using the book to create better solutions for everyday programmer issues.
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