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What books are good to learn SQL? by chiph
Posted: 20 Jul 00

Here's a list I had made up for a colleague.

Title: Sams Teach Yourself SQL In 24 Hours
ISBN: 0-672-31245-X
Price: $24.99
My Rating: Four stars
Comments: Easy to read guide on learning SQL -- has lots of examples

Title: Practical SQL Handbook: Using Structured Query Language
ISBN: 0-201-44787-8
Price: $39.95
My Rating: Three stars
Comments: The reader creates their own database, then runs queries against it.  Comes with a CDROM with a desktop edition of Sybase SQL Anywhere.  Good, but I didn't care for the users having to create their own database first.

Title: SQL Programmer's Reference
ISBN: 0-07-882460-5
Price: $16.99
My Rating: Four stars
Comments: Written by an Oracle employee, this book is specific to Oracle, (but also covers ANSI SQL-92).  A reference book only, it has bubble charts to show all options for the SQL commands.  Good to look things up in after learning SQL.

Title: SQL Clearly Explained
ISBN: 0-12-326426-X
Price: $39.95
My Rating: Four stars
Comments: The author takes nearly 20 pages to explain the SELECT command.  Why?  Because it's the single most often used command in SQL, and knowing it is the key to creating good queries.


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