Joe Celko's Thinking in Sets: Auxiliary, Temporal, and Virtual Tables in SQL

1st Edition

Authors: Joe Celko
Paperback ISBN: 9780123741370
eBook ISBN: 9780080557526
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 22nd January 2008
Page Count: 384
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents Preface xvii 1 SQL Is Declarative, Not Procedural 1.1 Different Programming Models 1.2 Different Data Models 1.2.1 Columns Are Not Fields 1.2.2 Rows Are Not Records 1.2.3 Tables Are Not Files 1.2.4 Relational Keys Are Not Record Locators 1.2.5 Kinds of Keys 1.2.6 Desirable Properties of Relational Keys 1.2.7 Unique But Not Invariant 1.3 Tables as Entities 1.4 Tables as Relationships 1.5 Statements Are Not Procedures 1.6 Molecular, Atomic, and Subatomic Data Elements 1.6.1 Table Splitting 1.6.2 Column Splitting 1.6.3 Temporal Splitting 1.6.4 Faking Non-1NF Data 1.6.5 Molecular Data Elements 1.6.6 Isomer Data Elements 1.6.7 Validating a Molecule

2 Hardware, Data Volume, and Maintaining Databases 2.1 Parallelism 2.2 Cheap Main Storage 2.3 Solid-State Disk 2.4 Cheaper Secondary and Tertiary Storage 2.5 The Data Changed 2.6 The Mindset Has Not Changed

3 Data Access and Records 3.1 Sequential Access 3.1.1 Tape-Searching Algorithms 3.2 Indexes 3.2.1 Single-Table Indexes 3.2.2 Multiple-Table Indexes 3.2.3 Type of Indexes 3.3 Hashing 3.3.1 Digit Selection 3.3.2 Division Hashing 3.3.3 Multiplication Hashing 3.3.4 Folding 3.3.5 Table Lookups 3.3.6 Collisions 3.4 Bit Vector Indexes 3.5 Parallel Access 3.6 Row and Column Storage 3.6.1 Row-Based Storage 3.6.2 Column-Based Storage <BR


Perfectly intelligent programmers often struggle when forced to work with SQL. Why? Joe Celko believes the problem lies with their procedural programming mindset, which keeps them from taking full advantage of the power of declarative languages. The result is overly complex and inefficient code, not to mention lost productivity.

This book will change the way you think about the problems you solve with SQL programs.. Focusing on three key table-based techniques, Celko reveals their power through detailed examples and clear explanations. As you master these techniques, you’ll find you are able to conceptualize problems as rooted in sets and solvable through declarative programming. Before long, you’ll be coding more quickly, writing more efficient code, and applying the full power of SQL

Key Features

Filled with the insights of one of the world’s leading SQL authorities - noted for his knowledge and his ability to teach what he knows.

Focuses on auxiliary tables (for computing functions and other values by joins), temporal tables (for temporal queries, historical data, and audit information), and virtual tables (for improved performance).

Presents clear guidance for selecting and correctly applying the right table technique.


Data analysts and database developers from all backgrounds, regardless of which database technology they use; this is the market for all of Joe's other books, all our data modeling books in general as well. This includes database developers working on transactional (OLTP) systems as well as data warehouse design (OLAP systems).

Unlike most of Joe's other books which are for very experienced SQL programmers who want to become gurus, this book has the widest possible audience of programmers new to SQL as well as those who are very experienced.


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About the Authors

Joe Celko Author

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