Media praise for Learning SQL
"I like the way Learning SQL is written. Sure, facts are presented, but the author does a masterful job of telling you how and why those facts exist. In addition, the conversational tone of the book proceeds along the path you'd expect from a real conversation: from the simpler to the more complex, in a logical and sensical path. (Okay, so most conversations don't fall into that category. But this book sure does, so do yourself a favor and buy it!)"
-- , Amazon.com
"Author Alan Beaulieu, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that will show you how to interact with the data in your database...While this most excellent book demonstrates many of the SQL schema statements, the main focus of this book is on programming features. Filled with example code, you may use some of the code in this book in your programs and documentation. Basically, this book is here to help you get your job done--whatever it may be. "
-- , Amazon.com
"Of course this breadth of material wouldn't be worth squat if the writing was unclear or the examples too simplistic. That isn't a problem. The writing is admirably clear and does a good job in getting new concepts across to the reader. The examples are pitched at the right level too, and the book does make excellent use of the MySQL command-line. Each chapter includes exercises, so there's room for the reader to try things out and check his or her answers. In all, this is a solid introduction to SQL, and is highly recommended. "
-- , TechBookReport.com
"This is not a definitive reference, but is intended to cover what is necessary to understand SQL at a practical level, and to provide a sound platform on which to build further knowledge...the author has struck a good balance in his choice of what has been included, and the mix of tutorial and discussion...If you have an interest in learning serious SQL, this is the text that will get you quite a way along the road. It is well written, well presented, remarkably comprehensive, and discusses advanced applications of SQL."
-- , Book News
"Alan Beaulieu, the author of Learning SQL, believes that SQL can be fun, even exhilarating, and that taking a tricky data manipulation or reporting problem and solving it with a single, well written statement is a good thing to learn. So he decided to write a pain-free introduction to SQL for beginners, to gently guide readers to a proficiency in the language. And, I believe, he has done just that."
"The author has written a comprehensive yet approachable introduction to the use of SQL as an interface to access relational databases. The prevalence of relational databases makes an understanding of SQL more important than ever. In order to use SQL the user must have access to a database. The author uses MySQL, a widely used relational database application, to present the process of building a database and demonstrating how to use SQL to access it."
-- , The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing
--Julie Smyth, Cyber Aspect, November 2005