File Size: 4653 KB
Print Length: 64 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1508767483
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Publisher: ClydeBank Media LLC; 1 edition (March 5, 2015)
Publication Date: March 5, 2015
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This is the perfect starter's guide for anyone completely new to SQL. I work with MS SQL daily. I have literally read dozens of books and attended numerous SQL courses. Although I am myself now proficient in SQL, I'm always looking for the easiest way to teach it to people who I work with that have no SQL experience whatsoever. The single biggest problem with every book I've tried up to this point is how they overcomplicate simple descriptions. Even the my "Teach yourself SQL in 10 minutes" is way too wordy at times. This truly is a "SIMPLIFIED" beginner's guide, just as it's titled. The best part about this book is it gets right down to the nitty gritty. It doesn't confuse you by throwing a ton of superfluous info at you all at once. It basically reads as such: "This is something you can do; this is why you do it; and this is how you do it". It's as simple as that. For example, in the chapter about joins, this guide quickly says why you need a join (to combine data from two tables based on a common record), the different type of joins and terminologies with simple examples: Inner, outer, left, right, full, etc. You really get up to speed on joins fairly quickly. By comparison, the "10 minute" guide first goes into a long-winded explanation about relational tables, then another chapter about why you should use joins and then, finally it gets into examples. That's pretty much the difference with everything between this guide and most of the other "easy" or "quick" guides. This guide actually lives up to those claims. Even if you're a a moderately experienced SQL user, it makes a great pocket reference.
The free promotional items the company gives you just for buying this product alone make it worth the five stars I have given it, and the product itself is amazing. I should start by noting that I received this product about 5 days ago and I am currently halfway done with it. This is not a book that teaches you the very basics of computer programming and assumes that you already have a basic grasp of the fundamentals such as arrays which you definitely should if you are even the slightest bit interested in learning SQL. The book begins by teaching you about what the program is, how it is becoming a valued skill in the world, and why it is a better programming language than others. It makes a language that most people consider highly advanced and more and more difficult the more you use it very easy to grasp in a way that could potentially change your entire career. I am not a computer science expert myself and have only a basic understanding of programming language, mostly java, but I was able to read this book and understand almost all of it without a problem. My computer science friends are even surprised by how much I was able to learn about this programming language that they consider impossible in such a short amount of time. I highly recommend this product if you have any interest at all in learning a new programming language or just giving yourself another skill because they make it very simple to learn. Disclosure: I received this product for free or on a promotional discount for my honest review and they are 100% my own opinions. However everyone has their own opinion on this product. I did not receive payment other than receiving the product at a discounted rate and I am not required to give a good review.