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• First edition of this strong-selling book has sold over 14,000 copies since 2010. • Utilizes a language-based approach that allows the user to learn SQL as they would learn English• Updated examples work with the latest versions of Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL


  • Copyright 2017
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9"
  • Pages: 240
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-465825-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-465825-4

The Language of SQL, Second Edition
Many SQL texts attempt to serve as an encyclopedic reference on SQL syntax -- an approach that is often counterproductive, because that information is readily available in online references published by the major database vendors. 
For SQL beginners, it’s more important for a book to focus on general concepts and to offer clear explanations and examples of what various SQL statements can accomplish. This is that book.
A number of features make The Language of SQL unique among introductory SQL books.
First, you will not be required to download software or sit with a computer as you read the text. The intent of this book is to provide examples of SQL usage that can be understood simply by reading.
Second, topics are organized in an intuitive and logical sequence. SQL keywords are introduced one at a time, allowing you to grow your understanding as you encounter new terms and concepts. 
Finally, this book covers the syntax of three widely used databases: Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, and Oracle. Special “Database Differences” sidebars clearly show you any differences in syntax among these three databases, and instructions are included on how to obtain and install free versions of the databases. 
This is the only book you need to gain a quick working knowledge of SQL and relational databases.
Learn How To...

  • Use SQL to retrieve data from relational databases
  • Apply functions and calculations to data
  • Group and summarize data in a variety of useful ways
  • Use complex logic to retrieve only the data you need
  • Update data and create new tables
  • Design relational databases so that data retrieval is easy and intuitive
  • Use spreadsheets to transform your data into meaningful displays
  • Retrieve data from multiple tables via joins, subqueries, views, and set logic 
  • Create, modify, and execute stored procedures
  • Install Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, or Oracle
Contents at a Glance
1  Relational Databases and SQL2  Basic Data Retrieval3  Calculated Fields and Aliases4  Using Functions5  Sorting Data6  Selection Criteria7  Boolean Logic8  Conditional Logic9  Summarizing Data10 Subtotals and Crosstabs11 Inner Joins12 Outer Joins13 Self Joins and Views14 Subqueries15 Set Logic16 Stored Procedures and Parameters17 Modifying Data18 Maintaining Tables19 Principles of Database Design20 Strategies for Displaying Data
A Getting Started with Microsoft SQL ServerB Getting Started with MySQLC Getting Started with Oracle



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Table of Contents

The Language of SQL, 2nd Edition
   Topics and Features   What’s New in the Second Edition   Plan of the Book   Companion Website
1. Relational Databases and SQL
   What Is SQL?    Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, and Oracle   Relational Databases   Primary and Foreign Keys    Datatypes   NULL Values   The Significance of SQL
2. Basic Data Retrieval
   A Simple SELECT   Syntax Notes   Comments   Specifying Columns    Column Names with Embedded Spaces   Preview of the Full SELECT
3. Calculated Fields and Aliases   Literal Values   Arithmetic Calculations   Concatenating Fields   Column Aliases   Table Aliases
4. Using Functions   What Is a Function?    Character Functions   Composite Functions   Date/Time Functions   Numeric Functions   Conversion Functions
5. Sorting Data   Sorting in Ascending Order   Sorting in Descending Order   Sorting by Multiple Columns   Sorting by a Calculated Field   Sort Sequences
6. Selection Criteria   Applying Selection Criteria   WHERE Clause Operators   Limiting Rows   Limiting Rows with a Sort   Pattern Matching   Wildcards
7. Boolean Logic
   Complex Logical Conditions   The AND Operator   The OR Operator   Using Parentheses   Multiple Sets of Parentheses   The NOT Operator   The BETWEEN Operator   The IN Operator   Boolean Logic and NULL Values
8. Conditional Logic   The CASE Expression   The Simple CASE Format    The Searched CASE Format   Conditional Logic in ORDER BY Clauses   Conditional Logic in WHERE Clauses
9. Summarizing Data   Eliminating Duplicates   Aggregate Functions   The COUNT Function   Grouping Data   Multiple Columns and Sorting   Selection Criteria on Aggregates   Conditional Logic in GROUP BY Clauses   Conditional Logic in HAVING Clauses   Ranking Functions   Partitions
10. Subtotals and Crosstabs
    Adding Subtotals with ROLLUP    Adding Subtotals with CUBE    Creating Crosstab Layouts
11. Inner Joins
    Joining Two Tables    The Inner Join    Table Order in Inner Joins    An Alternate Specification of Inner Joins    Table Aliases Revisited
12. Outer Joins    The Outer Join    Left Joins    Testing for NULL Values    Right Joins    Table Order in Outer Joins    Full Joins    Cross Joins
13. Self Joins and Views
    Self Joins    Creating Views    Referencing Views    Benefits of Views    Modifying and Deleting Views
14. Subqueries
    Types of Subqueries    Using a Subquery as a Data Source    Using a Subquery in Selection Criteria    Correlated Subqueries    The EXISTS Operator    Using a Subquery as a Calculated Column    Common Table Expressions
15. Set Logic
    Using the UNION Operator    Distinct and Non-Distinct Unions    Intersecting Queries
16. Stored Procedures and Parameters    Creating Stored Procedures    Parameters in Stored Procedures    Executing Stored Procedures    Modifying and Deleting Stored Procedures    Functions Revisited
17. Modifying Data
    Modification Strategies    Inserting Data    Deleting Data    Updating Data    Correlated Subquery Updates
18. Maintaining Tables
    Data Definition Language    Table Attributes    Table Columns    Primary Keys and Indexes    Foreign Keys    Creating Tables    Creating Indexes
19. Principles of Database Design    Goals of Normalization    How to Normalize Data    The Art of Database Design    Alternatives to Normalization
20. Strategies for Displaying Data    Crosstab Layouts Revisited    Excel and External Data    Excel Pivot Tables
A. Getting Started with Microsoft SQL Server   Installing SQL Server 2016 Express   Installing SQL Server 2016 Management Studio Express   Using SQL Server 2016 Management Studio Express
B. Getting Started with MySQL   Installing MySQL on Windows   Installing MySQL on Mac   Using MySQL Workbench
C. Getting Started with Oracle   Installing Oracle Database Express Edition   Using Oracle Database Express Edition 



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