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SQL Queries for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Data Manipulation in SQL (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 11. Juni 2014

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The good books show you how to do something. The great books enable you to think clearly about how you can do it. This book is the latter. To really maximize the potential of your database, thinking about data as a set is required and the authors accessible writing really brings out the practical applications of SQL and the set-based thinking behind it. -- Ben Clothier, Lead Developer at IT Impact, Inc., co-author of "Professional Access 2013 Programming," and Microsoft Access MVP Unless you are working at a very advanced level, this is the only SQL book you will ever need. The authors have taken the mystery out of complex queries and explained principles and techniques with such clarity that a Mere Mortal will indeed be empowered to perform the superhuman. Do not walk past this book! --Graham Mandeno, Database Consultant It s beyond brilliant! I have been working with SQL for a really long time and the techniques presented in this book exposed some of the bad habits I picked up over the years in my learning process. I wish I had learned these techniques a long time ago and saved myself all the headaches of learning SQL the hard way. Who said you can t teach old dogs new tricks? --Leo (theDBguy), Utter Access Moderator and Microsoft Access MVP I learned SQL primarily from the first and second editions of this book, and I am pleased to see a third edition of this book so that others can continue to benefit from its organized presentation of the language. Starting from how to design your tables so that SQL can be effective (a common problem for database beginners), and then continuing through the various aspects of SQL construction and capabilities, the reader can become a moderate expert upon completing the book and its samples. Learning how to convert a question in English into a meaningful SQL statement will greatly facilitate your mastery of the language. Numerous examples from real life will help you visualize how to use SQL to answer the questions about the data in your database. Just one of the watch out for this trap items will save you more than the cost of the book when you avoid that problem when writing your queries. I highly recommend this book if you want to tap the full potential of your database. --Kenneth D. Snell, Ph.D., Database Designer/Programmer I don t think they do this in public schools any more, and it is a shame, but do you remember in the seventh and eighth grades when you learned to diagram a sentence? Those of you who do may no longer remember how you did it, but all of you do write better sentences because of it. John Viescas and Mike Hernandez must have remembered because they take everyday English queries and literally translate them into SQL. This is an important book for all database designers. It takes the complexity of mathematical Set Theory and of First Order Predicate Logic, as outlined in E. F. Codd s original treatise on relational database design, and makes it easy for anyone to understand. If you want an elementary- through intermediate-level course on SQL, this is the one book that is a requirement, no matter how many others you buy. --Arvin Meyer, MCP, MVP "SQL Queries for Mere Mortals, Third Edition, " provides a step-by-step, easy-to-read introduction to writing SQL queries. It includes hundreds of examples with detailed explanations. This book provides the tools you need to understand, modify, and create SQL queries. --Keith W. Hare, Convenor, ISO/IEC JTC1 SC32 WG3International SQL Standards Committee Even in this day of wizards and code generators, successful database developers still require a sound knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL, the standard language for communicating with most database systems). In this book, John and Mike do a marvelous job of making what s usually a dry and difficult subject come alive, presenting the material with humor in a logical manner, with plenty of relevant examples. I would say that this book should feature prominently in the collection on the bookshelf of all serious developers, except that I m sure it ll get so much use that it won t spend much time on the shelf! --Doug Steele, Microsoft Access Developer and author I highly recommend "SQL Queries for Mere Mortals" to anyone working with data. John makes it easy to learn one of the most critical aspects of working with data: creating queries. Queries are the primary tool for selecting, sorting, and reporting data. They can compensate for table structure, new reporting requirements, and incorporate new data sources. "SQL Queries for Mere Mortals" uses clear, easy to understand discussions and examples to take readers through the basics and into complex problems. From novice to expert, you will find this book to be an invaluable reference as you can apply the concepts to a myriad of scenarios, regardless of the program. --Teresa Hennig, Microsoft MVP-Access, and lead author of several Access books, including "Professional Access 2013 Programming" (Wrox)"

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John L. Viescas is an independent database consultant with more than 45 years of experience. He began his career as a systems analyst, designing large database applications for IBM mainframe systems. He spent 6 years at Applied Data Research in Dallas, Texas, where he directed a staff of more than 30 people and was responsible for research, product development, and customer support of database products for IBM mainframe computers. While working at Applied Data Research, John completed a degree in business finance at the University of Texas at Dallas, graduating cum laude. John joined Tandem Computers, Inc., in 1988, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of database marketing programs in Tandem s U.S. Western Sales region. He developed and delivered technical seminars on Tandem s relational database management system, NonStop SQL. John wrote his first book, "A Quick Reference Guide to SQL" (Microsoft Press, 1989), as a research project to document the similarities in the syntax among the ANSI-86 SQL standard, IBM s DB2, Microsoft s SQL Server, Oracle Corporation s Oracle, and Tandem s NonStop SQL. He wrote the first edition of "Running Microsoft Access" (Microsoft Press, 1992) while on sabbatical from Tandem. He has since written four editions of "Running," three editions of "Microsoft Office Access Inside Out" (Microsoft Press, 2003, 2007, and 2010 the successor to the "Running" series), and "Building Microsoft Access Applications" (Microsoft Press, 2005). John formed his own company in 1993. He provides information systems management consulting for a variety of small to large businesses around the world, with a specialty in the Microsoft Access and SQL Server database management products. He maintains offices in Nashua, New Hampshire, and Paris, France. He has been recognized as a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1993 by Microsoft Product Support Services for his assistance with technical questions on public support forums. He set a landmark 20 consecutive years as an MVP in 2013. You can visit John s Web site at www.viescas.com or contact him by e-mail at john@viescas.com. Michael J. Hernandez has been an independent relational database consultant specializing in relational database design. He has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry, developing database applications for a wide variety of clients. He s been a contributing author to a wide variety of magazine columns, white papers, books, and periodicals, and is coauthor of the best-selling "SQL Queries for Mere Mortals." Mike has been a top-rated and noted technical trainer for the government, the military, the private sector, and companies throughout the United States. He has spoken at numerous national and international conferences, and has consistently been a top-rated speaker and presenter. Aside from his technical background, Mike has a diverse set of skills and interests that he also pursues, ranging from the artistic to the metaphysical. His greatest interest is still the guitar, as he s been a practicing guitarist for more than 40 years and played professionally for 15 years. He s also a working actor, a great cook, loves to teach (writing, public speaking, music), has a gift for bad puns, and even reads Tarot cards. He says he s never going to retire, per se, but rather just change whatever it is he s doing whenever he finally gets tired of it and move on to something else that interests him."

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It is a good intoductory reading for "mere mortals" as the title says. All examples are comprehensive and easy to understand. Most of the book is based on the current SQL standards, but it by far doesn't tell you all that's included in that standard. In order to delve deeper into SQL and use the more current features you will have to read another book, for instance "SQL for Smarties" by Joe Celko, which is also recommended in this book on page 745.

Unfortunately, the authors only mention MS Access, MS SQL Server and MySQL on pages xxviii and xxix and totally neglect the existence of the database system closest to the ISO standard: PostgreSQL, which I would recommend to any reader to learn and use. All examples will flawlessly work with it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This Book Is Nothing Short Of Fantastic! 27. November 2008
Von Larry - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's easy to find a good book that will provide definitions and examples for inner joins vs. outer joins, subqueries, etc. You can read them and understand the definitions and/or examples, however, when you come across a 10 - 20 line query in your job or have to create your own complicated query from scratch you realize just how tenuous your gut-level understanding of this mysterious thing called SQL really is.
This book will give you the gut-level understanding you so desperately crave - and need if you are working with databases.
The authors provide clear explanations of the various SQL constructs for both the SQL Standard and real world levels (which are oftentimes two different things). They further deconstruct real-world issues by also describing the anomalies between some of the more popular databases.
But you can get all this from just about any other good SQL book. Where this one really shines is the way it leads you from simple to more and more complex queries via well-crafted and well-explained examples. They progress from simple queries to queries containing expressions to filtering data with a 'where' clause to inner joins to outer joins to unions to subqueries to aggregate functions to grouping data and then filtering that data by 'having' clauses. They end up by covering updating, inserting, and deleting data.
They give tons of examples that illustrate how to solve common problems and the more trickier "gotchas" that you're likely to run into. These examples occur both within the meat of the chapter, i.e. where they are explaining terms and concepts, and at the end of the chapter where they describe how and why they put the queries together the way they did.
The queries are all against 5 databases containing from 6 to 13 tables each. The databases, tables, and all of the queries are contained on a CD ROM that accompanies the book.
Each chapter ends with 3 or 4 problems for *each* of the 5 databases. If you really want to learn how to write complex queries then do as many of the problems as you can. The solutions are on the CD so if you get stuck you can see how the authors solved the problem. The more you do, the more you will find that you can craft fairly complex SQL queries "from the hip". As one who did all of the sample problems I can assure you that that statement is no lie.
I cannot recommend this book enough.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great, but with a MAJOR caveat! 23. April 2009
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This book is terrific for database newbies, such as myself, who need to get up to speed on SQL as quickly as possible. But, please be aware of one MAJOR flaw if you are a (insert shudder here) Windows Vista user:

The book includes a CD, advertised as usable on either a Windows or a Mac system, for all of the sample databases and queries referenced in the text. On the Mac side, the files will load effortlessly (natch) -- but, if you are using Windows Vista, your system won't even see the Windows partition on the disk. Strangely, it will see the Mac files, but of course, you can't use them. If you are using Windows XP, however, the files show up just fine. Turns out that the CD is formatted as HTF, and Vista will not read those files. The files are not available online for download (at least as of this writing), so forewarned is forearmed.
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This is a great book especially for a beginner starting to do SQL queries. The examples in the book are clear and easy to follow and it's nice there's a CD which has good examples also. The book also describes inner and outer joins and grouping data. This book has helped me in my work.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book for novices and intermediates 28. Juni 2014
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Before this book I thought that only the O'Reilly books had the substance and depth I needed, but this book really gets in to the level of explanation I like. I am returning to a more technical role after being less involved in hands-on for a bit and this book has ramped me back up.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Third Edition of SQL Book Worth the Read for SQL Developers 10. November 2014
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If you've read either of the first two editions of this book you know how useful it can be to help a new to intermediate SQL coder learn the ins and outs of the language. The book is designed to be used by people who are not SQL wizards. That is to say, if you can already code circles around your peers and you rarely look things up in the manual, then you are not likely to get much from SQL Queries for Mere Mortals. But if you are one of those “mere mortals” referenced in the title, this book will be quite helpful.

Part 1 of the book consists of the first three chapters and it sets the stage for the meat of the book by explaining things like relational theory, database 101, design, and a brief history of SQL. This material can safely be skipped if you feel you have the necessary background. The rest of the book digs into the task of teaching SQL: from the basics in Part 2, through joining, grouping and aggregating data, modifying data, and more. If you have a database environment you can work with, then working through the exercises provided in each chapter will help you to hone your SQL coding skills.

Now it is true that there are a lot of SQL books that have been published… and it can be difficult to choose which ones you want to buy. I think the authors have done a nice job of servicing a well-defined subset of the market – the non-expert SQL coder looking to learn more. If you think that describes you, then you would do well to add this book to your reading list.
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