This is the rare case of a book that can take you from a beginner to an advanced-intermediate level. Like many of the books in IDG's Dummies series, this volume begins with a definition ("What is SQL?") and ends with "The Part of Tens," a collection of tips in a top 10 list form. Taylor writes in a breezy, entertaining style that SQL novices will find inviting. One caveat: the examples are given in Borland's Delphi, a rapid application development (RAD) tool. Some sections show several screen shots from Delphi and it may be difficult to follow along in these sections if you don't have the program in front of you. As with other Dummies books, SQL for Dummies
is entertaining to read although the nonstop jokes may distract some readers from the technical content. --Jake Bond
This text gives readers the information they need to create, manipulate and control relational database management systems (RDBMSs). Users of such systems will find the working knowledge of SQL that they'll gain from this book should enable them to do a better job of storing and retrieving data, no matter what kind of of application or hardware they are using. Readers also find out how to take advantage of SQL's assortment of tools and features from inside their programs. Understanding databases and SQL gives users power to access the information they need. It enables programmers to create more powerful applications.