Practical Guide for Developers


  • Michael Donahoo, Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA
  • Gregory Speegle, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Would the basics of SQL querying be useful to you, but you don’t want to start at the very beginning? Do you wish you had an easy way to ramp up quickly to get a basic understanding of key features and capability? Then you need this book! Without a ton of conceptual information or general programming basics you already know, this book is a quick guide for computing professionals and programmers to learn the basics--and more--in an easily digestible way.
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Novice developers, programmers, and database administrators. Students in database courses, business courses, and IT-related courses.


Book information

  • Published: August 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-220531-6


“This book is not just another SQL text. The author’s use of simple yet clear examples to illustrate difficult concepts throughout the text makes this a perfect book for use in an introductory database systems class as a supplement or as an introductory reference for the novice practitioner.” — Paul Fortier, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth “The book lives up to its title: it is a very practical guide. The authors clearly know their SQL and manage to write about the language in a step-by-step style that progresses smoothly from the simple to the more difficult aspects of the language. The profuse use of examples, each with an accompanying motivation and explanation of the results, lets the reader follow even complex topics without a constant struggle. The authors have even included examples that illustrate common errors programmers make, explaining the right way to perform the task. It doesn’t hurt that the sample application is based on something everybody uses every day: food.” — Jim Melton, Oracle Corporation “This book’s authors recognize the vast majority of work done with a database is data retrieval (rather than storage) and have focused on this area.” — Australian Personal Computer, March 2006

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Databasics • Chapter 2: Single Table Retrieval • Chapter 3: Taming Tables • Chapter 4: Aggregating Results • Chapter 5: Multiple Table Queries using Simple Subqueries • Chapter 6: Multiple Table Queries Using Joins • Chapter 7: Set Based Queries • Chapter 8: Advanced Subqueries • Chapter 9: Creating a Database • Chapter 10: Database Data • Chapter 11: Transaction Management • Chapter 12: Authorization • Chapter 13: Advanced Topics • Chapter 14: SQL Programming