"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
"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
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