Appendix A. Testing Environment

In order to test your SQL, you need a testing environment. Even if you’re working for an organization that creates web sites using databases (and therefore may have servers you can test on), you might want to have your own space, to see how more ambitious SQL queries work. Well, it’s easy to set up your own testing environment on a laptop or desktop computer, but there are so many options it may take you a while to decide what to use.

Will you be using a Mac or PC? Do you need a specific database system, or are you free to assess what each one offers? How comfortable are you with source code text editing or with using the command line? What sorts of design tools will you use? It may be the case that you'll ...

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