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Mar 26, 2000, 17:12 (5 Talkback[s])
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"SQL For Dummies is an introduction to SQL concepts, syntax, and style. It includes both an introduction to the concept of relational databases and an introduction to using SQL as a relational database. A vast variety of topics include database security, "SQL in the real world," SQL on the Internet, error handling, and more."

"This book attempts to encompass too much too broadly. While it does an excellent job in chapter 1 explaining how relational databases work, it fails to maintain this high quality when introducing readers to SQL. Many SQL books are guilty of the same sin - they don't assume anything about the reader and try to make their examples work with any form of SQL that is being used. This severely limits the book, and makes some parts hard to understand."

"On the other hand, the book has the opposite problem. In many cases, examples are used or concepts are explained where the content only applies to one or some of the database engines and fails to note the distinctions. Many of the functions explained do not work with some database engines, and this fact is not noted. Other times, the author notes that something "may not work for all SQL databases" but fails to elaborate. In this case, I think that a listing of the databases that it does or does not work with would be useful."

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