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Publisher Comments:

For all the buzz about trendy IT techniques, data processing is still at the core of our systems, especially now that enterprises all over the world are confronted with exploding volumes of data. Database performance has become a major headache, and most IT departments believe that developers should provide simple SQL code to solve immediate problems and let DBAs tune any "bad SQL" later.

In The Art of SQL, author and SQL expert Stephane Faroult argues that this "safe approach" only leads to disaster. His insightful book, named after Art of War by Sun Tzu, contends that writing quick inefficient code is sweeping the dirt under the rug. SQL code may run for 5 to 10 years, surviving several major releases of the database management system and on several generations of hardware. The code must be fast and sound from the start, and that requires a firm understanding of SQL and relational theory.

The Art of SQL offers best practices that teach experienced SQL users to focus on strategy rather than specifics. Faroult's approach takes a page from Sun Tzu's classic treatise by viewing database design as a military campaign. You need knowledge, skills, and talent. Talent can't be taught, but every strategist from Sun Tzu to modern-day generals believed that it can be nurtured through the experience of others. They passed on their experience acquired in the field through basic principles that served as guiding stars amid the sound and fury of battle. This is what Faroult does with SQL.

Like a successful battle plan, good architectural choices are based on contingencies. What if the volume of this or that table increases unexpectedly? What if, following a merger, the number of users doubles? What if you want to keep several years of data online? Faroult's way of looking at SQL performance may be unconventional and unique, but he's deadly serious about writing good SQL and using SQL well. The Art of SQL is not a cookbook, listing problems and giving recipes. The aim is to get you-and your manager-to raise good questions.

Book News Annotation:

Moving beyond the idea that SQL is merely an utilitarian database language, practitioner Faroult invokes Sun Tzu's The Art of War while understanding that some practitioners have little talent, but what they have can be nurtured. Using this strategy, he focuses on getting results through cunning and covers laying plans, waging war in accessing databases, thinking of indexing as a tactical disposition, thinking SQL statements, understanding the terrain of physical implementation, recognizing classic SQL patterns, dealing with the tactics of hierarchical data, recognizing weaknesses and strengths, tackling concurrency, coping with large volumes of data, salvaging response times, and monitoring performance, which Faroult dubs the "employment of spies." The result is a reference that hangs together so well it also works like a self-study guide.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Moving beyond the idea that SQL is merely an utilitarian database language, practitioner Faroult invokes Sun Tzu's The Art of War while understanding that some practitioners have little talent, but what they have can be nurtured. Using this strategy, he focuses on getting results through cunning and covers laying plans, waging war in accessing databases, thinking of indexing as a tactical disposition, thinking SQL statements, understanding the terrain of physical implementation, recognizing classic SQL patterns, dealing with the tactics of hierarchical data, recognizing weaknesses and strengths, tackling concurrency, coping with large volumes of data, salvaging response times, and monitoring performance, which Faroult dubs the "employment of spies." The result is a reference that hangs together so well it also works like a self-study guide. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Each chapter in this book helps you identify, explain, and correct a unique and dangerous antipattern. The four parts of the book group the anti​patterns in terms of logical database design, physical database design, queries, and application development.

The chances are good that your application's database layer already contains problems such as Index Shotgun, Keyless Entry, Fear of the Unknown, and Spaghetti Query. This book will help you and your team find them. Even better, it will also show you how to fix them, and how to avoid these and other problems in the future.

SQL Antipatterns gives you a rare glimpse into an SQL expert's playbook. Now you can stamp out these common database errors once and for all.

Whatever platform or programming language you use, whether you're a junior programmer or a Ph.D., SQL Antipatterns will show you how to design and build databases, how to write better database queries, and how to integrate SQL programming with your application like an expert. You'll also learn the best and most current technology for full-text search, how to design code that is resistant to SQL injection attacks, and other techniques for success.

Synopsis:

Your database is the foundation of your application. Many programmers assume it's also the bottleneck of productive software development, but with the right techniques, this doesn't have to be true. SQL Antipatterns illustrates some of the most common misconceptions and pitfalls software developers face using relational databases. This book helps you to use a database to produce the most efficient results, and turn sluggish, inflexible code and thankless late-night hours into high-quality, reliable solutions and a job well done.

The SQL database programming language is the core of most software in the world, but if you're like most software developers, you're self-taught in SQL, and you know just enough to get by. As a result, you might design fragile databases that cannot scale as the business grows, write queries that produce incorrect results and not know why, or deploy applications that are vulnerable to hackers. Don't reinvent the wheel to solve problems SQL was designed to solve--this book will teach you new SQL techniques for getting your job done.

Whatever platform or programming language you use, whether you're a junior programmer or a Ph.D., SQL Antipatterns will show you how to design and build databases, how to write better database queries, and how to integrate SQL programming with your application like an expert. You'll also learn the best and most current technology for full-text search, how to design code that is resistant to SQL injection attacks, and other techniques for success.

About the Author

Stephane Faroult first discovered relational databases and the SQL language back in 1983. He joined Oracle France in their early days (after a brief spell with IBM and a bout of teaching at the University of Ottawa) and soon developed an interest in performance and tuning topics. After leaving Oracle in 1988, he briefly tried to reform and did a bit of operational research, but after one year, he succumbed again to relational databases. He has been continuously performing database consultancy since then, and founded RoughSea Ltd in 1998.

Graduated in geology from Durham University (1968), then taught at Edinburgh University, obtaining an M.Phil in geology 1975. Worked in Greece as a geologist (1973,74), and then in University of Newcastle specialising in geological databases. Joined the British Geological Survey 1980, and has steered the organisations' use of database ever since, as data architect and database administrator. Has worked with databases since 1977, relational databases since 1981, and Oracle since 1985. He has lectured widely in the UK on geological aspects of database and has specialised on aspects of the SQL system as well as data modelling from the corporate architecture down to the departmental level. He has presented at various Oracle database conferences both in the UK, Europe and North America. Currently a director on the board of the UK Oracle Users Group.

Table of Contents

DedicationPrefaceChapter 1: Laying PlansChapter 2: Waging WarChapter 3: Tactical DispositionsChapter 4: ManeuveringChapter 5: TerrainChapter 6: The Nine SituationsChapter 7: Variations in TacticsChapter 8: Weaknesses and StrengthsChapter 9: Multiple FrontsChapter 10: Assembly of ForcesChapter 11: StratagemsChapter 12: Employment of SpiesPHOTO CREDITSAbout the Author

Product Details

ISBN:
9780596008949
Author:
Faroult, Stephane
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media
With:
Robson, Peter
Author:
Robson, Peter
Author:
Karwin, Bill
Subject:
Programming - General
Subject:
Programming Languages - SQL
Subject:
Database Management - General
Subject:
Database management
Subject:
Sql (computer program language)
Subject:
Computer Languages-SQL
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
372
Dimensions:
9.00 x 7.50 in

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"Synopsis" by ,

Each chapter in this book helps you identify, explain, and correct a unique and dangerous antipattern. The four parts of the book group the anti​patterns in terms of logical database design, physical database design, queries, and application development.

The chances are good that your application's database layer already contains problems such as Index Shotgun, Keyless Entry, Fear of the Unknown, and Spaghetti Query. This book will help you and your team find them. Even better, it will also show you how to fix them, and how to avoid these and other problems in the future.

SQL Antipatterns gives you a rare glimpse into an SQL expert's playbook. Now you can stamp out these common database errors once and for all.

Whatever platform or programming language you use, whether you're a junior programmer or a Ph.D., SQL Antipatterns will show you how to design and build databases, how to write better database queries, and how to integrate SQL programming with your application like an expert. You'll also learn the best and most current technology for full-text search, how to design code that is resistant to SQL injection attacks, and other techniques for success.

"Synopsis" by ,

Your database is the foundation of your application. Many programmers assume it's also the bottleneck of productive software development, but with the right techniques, this doesn't have to be true. SQL Antipatterns illustrates some of the most common misconceptions and pitfalls software developers face using relational databases. This book helps you to use a database to produce the most efficient results, and turn sluggish, inflexible code and thankless late-night hours into high-quality, reliable solutions and a job well done.

The SQL database programming language is the core of most software in the world, but if you're like most software developers, you're self-taught in SQL, and you know just enough to get by. As a result, you might design fragile databases that cannot scale as the business grows, write queries that produce incorrect results and not know why, or deploy applications that are vulnerable to hackers. Don't reinvent the wheel to solve problems SQL was designed to solve--this book will teach you new SQL techniques for getting your job done.

Whatever platform or programming language you use, whether you're a junior programmer or a Ph.D., SQL Antipatterns will show you how to design and build databases, how to write better database queries, and how to integrate SQL programming with your application like an expert. You'll also learn the best and most current technology for full-text search, how to design code that is resistant to SQL injection attacks, and other techniques for success.

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