SQL: 1999

SQL: 1999

Understanding Relational Language Components

1st Edition - May 18, 2001

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  • Authors: Jim Melton, Alan Simon
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781558604568
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080517605

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SQL: 1999 is the best way to make the leap from SQL-92 to SQL:1999, but it is much more than just a simple bridge between the two. The latest from celebrated SQL experts Jim Melton and Alan Simon, SQL:1999 is a comprehensive, eminently practical account of SQL's latest incarnation and a potent distillation of the details required to put it to work. Written to accommodate both novice and experienced SQL users, SQL:1999 focuses on the language's capabilities, from the basic to the advanced, and the ways that real applications take advantage of them. Throughout, the authors illustrate features and techniques with clear and often entertaining references to their own custom database.

Key Features

  • Gives authoritative coverage from an expert team that includes the editor of the SQL-92 and SQL:1999 standards.
  • Provides a general introduction to SQL that helps you understand its constituent parts, history, and place in the realm of computer languages.
  • Explains SQL:1999's more sophisticated features, including advanced value expressions, predicates, advanced SQL query expressions, and support for active databases.
  • Explores key issues for programmers linking applications to SQL databases.
  • Provides guidance on troubleshooting, internationalization, and changes anticipated in the next version of SQL.
  • Contains appendices devoted to database design, a complete SQL:1999 example, the standardization process, and more.


Database administrators, novice and experienced SQL users.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    Chapter 1 - Database and Technology Foundations
    Chapter 2 - Introduction to SQL:1999
    Chapter 3 - Basic Table Creation and Data Manipulation
    Chapter 4 - Basic Data Definition Language
    Chapter 5 - Values, Basic Functions and Expressions
    Chapter 6 - Advanced Value Expressions
    Chapter 7 - Predicates
    Chapter 8 - Working with Multiple Tables
    Chapter 9 - Advanced SQL Query Expressions
    Chapter 10 - Constraints, Assertions, and Referential Integrity
    Chapter 11 - Active Databases
    Chapter 12 - Accessing SQL From the Real World
    Chapter 13 - Cursors
    Chapter 14 - Privileges, Users, and Security
    Chapter 15 - Transaction Management
    Chapter 16 - Connections and Remote Database Access
    Chapter 17 - Routines and Routine Invocations
    Chapter 18 - Dynamic SQL: 1999
    Chapter 19 - Call-Level Interface
    Chapter 20 - Diagnostics and Error Management
    Chapter 21 - Internationalization Aspects of SQL: 1999
    Chapter 22 - Information Schema
    Chapter 23 - A Look to the Future
    Appendix A - Designing SQL:1999 Databases
    Appendix B - An SQL:1999 Application Example
    Appendix C - The SQL:1999 Annexes
    Appendix D - Relevant Standards Bodies
    Appendix E - Status Codes
    Appendix F - The SQL Standardization Process

Product details

  • No. of pages: 893
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2001
  • Published: May 18, 2001
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781558604568
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080517605

About the Authors

Jim Melton

Jim Melton is editor of all parts of ISO/IEC 9075 (SQL) and is a representative for database standards at Oracle Corporation. Since 1986, he has been his company's representative to ANSI INCITS Technical Committee H2 for Database and a US representative to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC32/WG3 (Database Languages). In addition, Jim has participated in the W3C's XML Query Working Group since 1998 and is currently co-Chair of that Working Group. He is also Chair of the WG's Full-Text Task Force, co-Chair of the Update Language Task Force, and co-editor of two XQuery-related specifications. He is the author of several SQL books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Oracle Corporation, Sandy, Utah, USA

Alan Simon

Alan Simon is a leading authority on data warehousing and database technology. He is the author of 26 books, including the previous edition of this book and the forthcoming Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence for e-Commerce, available from Morgan Kaufmann Publishers in early 2001. He currently provides data warehousing-related consulting services to clients.

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