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Discovering SQL: A Hands-On Guide for Beginners by Alex Kriegel

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WHO THIS BOOK IS FOR

This books starts at the beginning, and no prior knowledge of SQL or relational databases is assumed. Along the way, on a voyage of discovery, you will participate in the creation of the sample database, which not only incorporates all SQL concepts taught in the book but also undergoes several refactoring iterations to introduce data modeling, query tuning and optimization, and set of best practices for everything SQL.

This book is for computer programmers ready to add relational database programming to their skill sets, for the business users who want more power over the data locked away in their databases, and everybody else who might be interested in learning the powerful language, the lingua franca of the relational databases.

Readers with previous database experience might want to skim through the first couple of chapters and delve into more advanced topics, or they might decide to revisit the first principles introduced in these chapters; the choice is yours.

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