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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2005
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
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
on 4 December 2005
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
on 24 December 2006
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
on 19 June 2007
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
on 7 May 2007
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
I read this book without ever having read a book on programming/coding or having attempted to learn it.

It gives a nice simple step by step guide to the basics of SQL. Each step is always backed up by examples, so it's easy to understand what the author is talking about.

I quickly realised that just reading it isn't really going to help you learn, you really have to try out the examples yourself (I first read this on a long train journey, so unfortunately couldn't!).

I don't get why it is has the '...in 10 minutes' part of its name, but other than that it's a decent introduction for beginners like myself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2007
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
on 8 February 2005
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2008
I bought this book because I am a programmer and need to interact with SQL on a daily basis. However...I do not want to know the fine grain details about database management systems. This is a great little book. It is very easy to read and met my needs perfectly. The samples are all easily achievable in 10 minutes, just like it says on the cover. This makes them very easy to scan over for a refresher when you are trying to work out a solution to a problem. It does not go into great details on the more advanced topics, however it does offer a primer on some of them such as transactions and cursors. Overall I would have no hesitation in recommending this book. It won't make you a SQL pro...but it will definitely make you more comfortable in common situations using this query language.
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