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In just 24 lessons of one hour or less, you will learn professional techniques to design and build efficient databases and query them to extract useful information. Using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, each lesson builds on the previous one, allowing you to learn the essentials of ANSI SQL from the ground up.
Example code demonstrates the authors’ professional techniques, while exercises written for MySQL offer the reader hands-on learning with an open-source database. Included are advanced techniques for using views, managing transactions, database administration, and extending SQL.
Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common SQL tasks.
Q&As, Quizzes, and Exercises at the end of each chapter help you test your knowledge.
Notes and Tips point out shortcuts and solutions.
New terms are clearly defined and explained.
Learn how to…
- Use SQL-2003, the latest standard for the Structured Query Language
- Design and deploy efficient, secure databases
- Build advanced queries for information retrieval
- Sort, group, and summarize information for best presentation
- Tune databases and queries for maximum performance
- Understand database administration and security techniques
For more than ten years the authors have studied, applied, and documented the SQL standard and its application to critical database systems.
Ryan Stephens and Ron Plew are entrepreneurs, speakers, and cofounders of Perpetual Technologies, Inc. (PTI), a fast-growing IT management and consulting firm which specializes in database technologies. They taught database courses for Indiana University—Purdue University in Indianapolis for five years and have authored more than a dozen books on Oracle, SQL, database design, and the high availability of critical systems.
Arie D. Jones is Senior SQL Server database administrator and analyst for PTI. He is a regular speaker at technical events and has authored several books and articles.
Covers: ANSI SQL
User Level: Beginning—Intermediate
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Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 24 Hours, Third Edition presents the key features of SQL (Structured Query Language) in an easy to understand format with updated code examples, notes, diagrams, exercises, and quizzes. New material covers more information on transactions, constructs, embedded databases, and object-oriented programming. In this edition, the authors include examples based on a database like MySQL, a very popular open source database.
This text presents the key features of SQL (structured query language) in an easy-to-understand format that should be suitable for those with little or no programming experience.
For a fast learning experience, this guide teaches SQL quickly and easily for those with little or no programming experience. The book presents the key features of SQL (Structured Query Language) in an easy to understand format with updated code examples, notes, diagrams, exercises and quizzes. New material covers more information on transactions, constructs, embedded databases, and object-oriented programming.
About the Author
Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 24 Hours, Third EditionAuthor Bio
Ronald R. Plew is vice president and CIO for Perpetual Technologies, Inc., in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ron is a Certified Oracle Professional, and his duties include Oracle database consulting and training. Ron is an adjunct professor at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, where he teaches SQL and various database courses. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management/Administration from Indiana Institute of Technology, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Ron also serves in the Indiana Army National Guard, where he is the programmer/analyst for the 433rd Personnel Detachment. Ron's hobbies include golf, chess, and collecting Indianapolis 500 racing memorabilia. He shares ownership of Plew's Indy 500 Museum with his brothers, Mark and Dennis; his sister, Arleen; and mother, Betty. Ron lives in Indianapolis with his wife Linda. Ron and Linda have four children and ten grandchildren.
Ryan Stephens is president and CEO for Perpetual Technologies, Inc., an information technology consulting and training firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has specialized in Oracle databases and SQL for more than 10 years, working as an Oracle programmer/analyst and Oracle Database Administrator. Ryan is a Certified Oracle Professional and is also an adjunct professor at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, where he teaches SQL, PL/SQL, UNIX, Oracle Designer, Oracle Forms, and Oracle database administration. Ryan resides in Indianapolis with his wife Tina and their children Daniel and Autumn.
Table of Contents
(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary, Q&A and Workshop.
I. A SQL CONCEPTS OVERVIEW. Hour 1. Welcome to the World of SQL.
SQL Definition and History. SQL Sessions. Types of SQL Commands. An Introduction to the Database Used in This Book.
II. BUILDING YOUR DATABASE. Hour 2. Defining Data Structures.
What Is Data? Basic Data Types. Hour 3. Managing Database Objects.
What Are Database Objects? What Is a Schema? A Table: The Primary Storage for Data. Integrity Constraints. Hour 4. The Normalization Process.
Normalizing a Database. Hour 5. Manipulating Data.
Overview of Data Manipulation. Populating Tables with New Data. Updating Existing Data. Deleting Data from Tables. Hour 6. Managing Database Transactions.
What Is a Transaction? What Is Transactional Control? Transactional Control and Database Performance.
III. GETTING EFFECTIVE RESULTS FROM QUERIES. Hour 7. Introduction to the Database Query.
What Is a Query? Introduction to the SELECT Statement. Examples of Simple Queries. Hour 8. Using Operators to Categorize Data.
What Is an Operator in SQL? Comparison Operators. Logical Operators. Conjunctive Operators. Negating Conditions with the NOT Operator. Arithmetic Operators. Hour 9. Summarizing Data Results from a Query.
What Are Aggregate Functions? Hour 10. Sorting and Grouping Data.
Why Group Data? The GROUP BY Clause. GROUP BY Versus ORDER BY. The HAVING Clause. Hour 11. Restructuring the Appearance of Data.
The Concepts of ANSI Character Functions. Various Common Character Functions. Miscellaneous Character Functions. Mathematical Functions. Conversion Functions. The Concept of Combining Character Functions. Hour 12. Understanding Dates and Times.
How Is a Date Stored? Date Functions. Date Conversions.
IV. BUILDING SOPHISTICATED DATABASE QUERIES. Hour 13. Joining Tables in Queries.
Selecting Data from Multiple Tables. Types of Joins. Join Considerations. Hour 14. Using Subqueries to Define Unknown Data.
What Is a Subquery? Embedding a Subquery Within a Subquery.. Hour 15. Combining Multiple Queries into One.
Single Queries Versus Compound Queries. Why Would I Ever Want to Use a Compound Query? Compound Query Operators. Using an ORDER BY with a Compound Query. Using GROUP BY with a Compound Query. Retrieving Accurate Data.
V. SQL PERFORMANCE TUNING. Hour 16. Using Indexes to Improve Performance.
What Is an Index? How Do Indexes Work? The CREATE INDEX Command. Types of Indexes. When Should Indexes Be Considered? When Should Indexes Be Avoided? Hour 17. Improving Database Performance.
What Is SQL Statement Tuning? Database Tuning Versus SQL Tuning. Formatting Your SQL Statement. Full Table Scans. Other Performance Considerations. Performance Tools.
VI. USING SQL TO MANAGE USERS AND SECURITY. Hour 18. Managing Database Users.
Users Are the Reason. The Management Process. Tools Utilized by Database Users. Hour 19. Managing Database Security.
What Is Database Security? How Does Security Differ from User Management? What Are Privileges? Controlling User Access. Controlling Privileges Through Roles.
VII. SUMMARIZED DATA STRUCTURES. Hour 20. Creating and Using Views and Synonyms.
What Is a View? Creating Views. Dropping a View. What Is a Synonym? Hour 21. Working with the System Catalog.
What Is the System Catalog? How Is the System Catalog Created? What Is Contained in the System Catalog? Examples of System Catalog Tables by Implementation. Querying the System Catalog. Updating System Catalog Objects.
VIII. APPLYING SQL FUNDAMENTALS IN TODAY'S WORLD. Hour 22. Advanced SQL Topics.
Advanced Topics. Cursors. Stored Procedures and Functions. Triggers. Dynamic SQL. Call-Level Interface. Using SQL to Generate SQL. Direct Versus Embedded SQL. Hour 23. Extending SQL to the Enterprise, the Internet, and the Intranet.
SQL and the Enterprise. Accessing a Remote Database. Accessing a Remote Database Through a Web Interface. SQL and the Internet. SQL and the Intranet. Hour 24. Extensions to Standard SQL.
Various Implementations. Examples of Extensions from Some Implementations. Interactive SQL Statements.
X. APPENDIXES. Appendix A: Common SQL Commands.
SQL Statements. SQL Clauses. Appendix B: Using MySQL for Exercises.
Windows Installation Instructions. Linux Installation Instructions. Appendix C: Answers to Quizzes and Exercises.
Hour 1, “Welcome to the World of SQL”. Hour 2, “Defining Data Structures”. Hour 3, “Managing Database Objects”. Hour 4, “The Normalization Process”. Hour 5, “Manipulating Data”. Hour 6, “Managing Database Transactions”. Hour 7, “Introduction to the Database Query”. Hour 8, “Using Operators to Categorize Data”. Hour 9, “Summarizing Data Results from a Query”. Hour 10, “Sorting and Grouping Data”. Hour 11, “Restructuring the Appearance of Data”. Hour 12, “Understanding Dates and Time”. Hour 13, “Joining Tables in Queries”. Hour 14, “Using Subqueries to Define Unknown Data”. Hour 15, “Combining Multiple Queries into One”. Hour 16, “Using Indexes to Improve Performance”. Hour 17, “Improving Database Performance”. Hour 18, “Managing Database Users”. Hour 19, “Managing Database Security”. Hour 20, “Creating and Using Views and Synonyms”. Hour 21, “Working with the System Catalog”. Hour 22, “Advanced SQL Topics”. Hour 23, “Extending SQL to the Enterprise, the Internet, and the Intranet”. Hour 24, “Extensions to Standard SQL”. Appendix D: CREATE TABLE Statements for Book Examples.
EMPLOYEE_TBL. EMPLOYEE_PAY_TBL. CUSTOMER_TBL. ORDERS_TBL. PRODUCTS_TBL. Appendix E: INSERT Statements for Data in Book Examples.
INSERT Statements. Appendix F: Glossary.
Appendix G: Bonus Exercises.