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2.0 out of 5 stars Complete but disappointing - not suitble for beginners, 28 Jan 2004
This review is from: SQL: The Complete Reference, Second Edition (Osborne Complete Reference Series) (Paperback)
Whilst this is a complete reference book with examples, there is a real flaw in its structure, especially for novices. The primary problems arise from the ability to access examples on the CD. The first chapters present the user with example SQL queries. This "wets the appetite", making the reader keen to try the examples out. However, you need to load the examples into a database. Not so easy, this requires you to create the database and tables. Okay, so the book shows the SQL code used to create the tables. However, the SQL code has foreign keys that reference the other tables (which you've still to create). So you're in a chicken and egg situation, when you're just at the beginning of the book looking to do some simple "select" statements. This is the most frustrating aspect of this book. Secondly you'll need to make sure you have a development environment such as Windows NT, anything else and installing and running the demo's is a real chore. This book was helpful for reference but needs to provide greater user friendliness to enable you to get working from the first chapters.
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