Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes (3rd Edition)

I picked up this book to try and refine my understanding of SQL as quickly as possible.  I was looking to get a quick overview, and a list of topics I could dig into further as I needed them.  This book was perfect for that.  I was able to go through the entire thing in an afternoon, taking copious notes along the way.

The author, Ben Forta, first explains a new concept, compares it to other previously concept, then gives an example.  He then takes a moment to explain the example in more detail.  This format really clicks with me.  It’s a method I think I’ll try using to write up training materials on this site.

What do you think of this book?  Was it helpful to you too?

By Shannon Lowder

Shannon Lowder is the Database Engineer you've been looking for! Look no further for expertise in: Business Analysis to gather the business requirements for the database; Database Architecting to design the logical design of the database; Database Development to actually build the objects needed by the business logic; finally, Database Administration to keep the database running in top form, and making sure there is a disaster recovery plan.

1 comment

  1. I have the T-SQL Version of the book “Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft SQL Server T-SQL in 10 Minutes”

    This book’s format worked well for me too. It was quick to read and had straight forward examples that I was able to put into practice very easily.

    I definitely would suggest this book to anyone starting to learn SQL. I’m pretty sure either book would work. If I remember correctly the T-SQL specific stuff presented in the T-SQL version of the book is clearly marked.

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