"Other database management systems tend to break down under heavy loads because their focus is too narrow (the zoom lens is stuck on maximum)," Beaulieu continues, "which is why attempts to dethrone relational databases and SQL have largely failed. Therefore, even though SQL is an old language, it is going to be around for a lot longer and has a bright future in store."
Updated for the latest database management systems—including MySQL 6.0, Oracle 11g, and Microsoft's SQL Server 2008—Beaulieu's guide will get you up and running with SQL quickly. Whether you need to write database applications, perform administrative tasks, or generate reports, Learning SQL will help you easily master all the SQL fundamentals.
Each chapter presents a self-contained lesson on a key SQL concept or technique, with numerous illustrations and annotated examples. Exercises at the end of each chapter let you practice the skills you learn. With this book, you will:
Knowledge of SQL is a must for interacting with data. With Learning SQL, you'll quickly learn how to put the power and flexibility of this language to work.
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Alan Beaulieu has been designing, building, and implementing custom database applications for over 20 years. He currently runs his own consulting company that specializes in designing Oracle databases and supporting services in the fields of Financial Services and Telecommunications. Alan lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.
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