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Joe Celko's Data, Measurements and Standards in SQL - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123747228, 9780080884455

Joe Celko's Data, Measurements and Standards in SQL

1st Edition

Author: Joe Celko
Paperback ISBN: 9780123747228
eBook ISBN: 9780080884455
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 17th September 2009
Page Count: 309
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Joe Celko has looked deep into the code of SQL programmers and found a consistent and troubling pattern - a frightening lack of consistency between their individual encoding schemes and those of the industries in which they operate. This translates into a series of incompatible databases, each one an island unto itself that is unable to share information with others in an age of internationalization and business interdependence. Such incompatibility severely hinders information flow and the quality of company data.

Data, Measurements and Standards in SQL reveals the shift these programmers need to make to overcome this deadlock. By collecting and detailing the diverse standards of myriad industries, and then giving a declaration for the units that can be used in an SQL schema, Celko enables readers to write and implement portable data that can interface to any number of external application systems!

This book doesn't limit itself to one subject, but serves as a detailed synopsis of measurement scales and data standards for all industries, thereby giving RDBMS programmers and designers the knowledge and know-how they need to communicate effectively across business boundaries.

Key Features

  • Collects and details the diverse data standards of myriad industries under one cover, thereby creating a definitive, one-stop-shopping opportunity for database programmers.

    * Enables readers to write and implement portable data that can interface to any number external application systems, allowing readers to cross business boundaries and move up the career ladder.

    * Expert advice from one of the most-read SQL authors in the world who is well known for his ten years of service on the ANSI SQL standards committee and Readers Choice Award winning column in Intelligent Enterprise.


Working SQL programmers, database administrators, database designers, database analysts, and application system developers as well as those who are developing new features for DBMSs who want to know about users' ideas and needs. The book would also be of interest to anyone working with electronic information, not necessarily in the relational database context, but also XML, Web sites, etc.

Table of Contents

0.0. Introduction
1.0. Scales and Measurement Theory
2.0. Data Encoding Schemes
2.1. Classification
2.2. Check Digits
3.0. Physical Measurements
3.1. Brief History of Measurement Standards
3.2. Rise of ISO and Other Organizations
3.3. ISO-2955 Standard
3.3.1. Basic Units
3.3.2. Compound Units
3.4. Color Systems
4.0. Temporal Measurements
4.1. The Calendar
4.1.1. A History of the Common Era Calendar
4.1.2. ISO-8601 Standard
4.1.3. Implementations in SQL
4.2. The Clock
4.2.1. Leap Seconds, UTC and Atomic Clocks
4.2.2. Time Zones in SQL
5.0. Industry Standards For Products
5.1. UPC and EAN Bar Codes
5.2. Standard Packaging Units
5.2.1. U.S. Systems
5.2.2. European Union and Other European Systems
5.2.3. Asian and Other Systems
5.3. Bank Standards
5.3.1. Account Numbers
5.3.2. Checking U.S. Banking System IBAN and Other International Standards
6.0. Postal Address Encoding
6.1. Formatting Names
6.2. ZIP Codes in the United States
6.3. Various Foreign Systems
6.4. Systems Used by UPS and other Delivery Services
7.0. Currency
7.1. GAAP Rules in the United States
7.2. Rules for Euro Conversions
8.0. Internet
8.1. Email Addresses
8.2. IP Addresses
9.0. Business Codes
9.1. The Rise and Fall of EDI and ANSI X12
9.2. XML Standards in Various Industries
9.3. Company Identifiers
9.3.1. DUNS
9.3.2. Stock Ticker Symbols
9.4. Chart of Accounts
10.0. Medical Systems
10.1. ICD Codes
10.2. HIPAA Codes
10.3. Drug Codes
11.0. General Classification Systems
11.1. Alphabetic Order
11.1.1. History
11.1.2. Problems with Foreign Alphabets
11.2. Dewey Decimal Classification
11.3. Library of Congress


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About the Author

Joe Celko

Joe Celko

Joe Celko served 10 years on ANSI/ISO SQL Standards Committee and contributed to the SQL-89 and SQL-92 Standards.

Mr. Celko is author a series of books on SQL and RDBMS for Elsevier/MKP. He is an independent consultant based in Austin, Texas.

He has written over 1200 columns in the computer trade and academic press, mostly dealing with data and databases.

Affiliations and Expertise

Independent Consultant, Austin, Texas


"Unique? Without question. To my knowledge there is nothing out there quite like this. Further, based on his previous books, Joe is eminently qualified to put these "external world" ideas (standard codes used in industry) into the context of relational databases and SQL."--Rudy Limeback - An independent SQL Consultant

"This book focuses on the problems of standardization and the related problems of measurements. It is clearly intended to encourage designers to at least be aware of the problems, before their database designs go live."--Computing Reviews

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