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Publisher's Summary

The ultimate beginner's guide to learning SQL - from retrieving data to creating databases!

Structured query language, or SQL (pronounced "sequel" by many), is the most widely used programming language in database management and is the standard language for relational database management systems (RDBMS). SQL programming allows users to return, analyze, create, manage, and delete data within a database - all within a few commands.

With more industries and organizations looking to the power of data, the need for an efficient, scalable solution for data management is required. More often than not, organizations implement a relational database management system in one form or another. These systems create long-term data "warehouses" that can be easily accessed to return and analyze results, such as, "Show me all of the clients from Canada that have purchased more than $20,000 in the last three years." This "query", which would have taken an extensive amount of hands-on research to complete prior to the use of a database, can now be determined in seconds by executing a simple "SELECT SQL" statement on a database.

SQL can seem daunting to those with little to zero programming knowledge and can even pose a challenge to those who have experience with other languages. Most resources jump right into the technical jargon and are not suited for someone to really grasp how SQL actually works. That's why we created this book. Our goal here is simple: to show you exactly everything you need to know to utilize SQL in whatever capacity you may need in simple, easy-to-follow concepts. Our book provides multiple step-by-step examples of how to master these SQL concepts to ensure you know what you're doing and why you're doing it every step of the way.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 ClydeBank Media LLC (P)2015 ClydeBank Media LLC

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Learn SQL

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to someone who knew a little bit about SQL and wanted to learn more - however the companion PDF is mandatory as it was very hard to listen to a bunch of characters. I knew nothing of SQL before, and have only a very basic understanding of it now since it's not something I can practice with or try out.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, this is not something I was able to listen to all in one sitting. It's a lot of information to listen to and process.

Any additional comments?

I received this ebook in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Nice Start but there's more to it.

This book was nice but you'd need a lot more that what's given in this Quick Start Guide.

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Excellent basics book

Author does a great job of introducing sql. I was very impressed where the differences between databases were discussed, these things are best introduced at the beginning of a persons experience

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easy to listen to and understand

very helpful and the reader was easy to understand. also comes with a helpful print out version.

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Great fundamentals

A great listen for those exploring SQL as well as a refresher on the foundations and fundamentals of SQL for those more experienced. Highly recommended.

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Good Refresher

Where does SQL QuickStart Guide rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Upper-mid tier.

What other book might you compare SQL QuickStart Guide to and why?

Other Clydebank quickstart guides. Good place to start if you don't know anything on the matter. Good place to start when it's been a while since you last studied the material.

Have you listened to any of Dave Wright’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, first one of his I've listened to

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reactions, no laughing, no crying. Overall it was ok though given the material.

Any additional comments?

Full Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review

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New to SQL

Where does SQL QuickStart Guide rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This one ranks in the top 5. I recently started listening to audio books and this book is really good. I already had a little experience with SQL but this book really opened my mind to more knowledge and understanding of how the software works.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This books is about understanding SQL software, so there are no characters.

Any additional comments?

The book breaks down the fundamentals of how SQL works and shows you the different elements of SQL. Good listen and good information.

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SQL Beginners

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES, it has valuable information, but the voice is very monotone.

What was one of the most memorable moments of SQL QuickStart Guide?

the pdf guide that was of valuable help to the book.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Dave Wright?

yes

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

Any additional comments?

Full Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review”

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Great for a study companion

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get into, or refresh his/hers knowledge on SQL.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Wanted, no, mostly because of the technical nature. However one could easily listen to it in one sitting. It's quite easy and pleasant to the ears and not very lengthy.

Any additional comments?

Wanted to refresh SQL's syntax and structure and I stumbled upon this book and decided to give it a try. And I have to say it hit the spot. I listen to it while on hikes and I could easily follow the technical terms and the narrators voice. Although I haven't tried it, this books comes with a companion book also, in order to study better.

However SQL being something technical, nothing beats practical application, in order to get better.

“Full Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review”

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Should be consumed at home

Where does SQL QuickStart Guide rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Like any technical book/audiobook its best to have the cited references from the audiobook in front of you to fallow along the audio book. Since its a beginner's guide most listeners probably won't understand the references off the bat. Its best to have the visual references on hand to better fallow the content of the audiobook.


Full Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review

What did you like best about this story?

No story, technical book.

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Great starter book for SQL

What made the experience of listening to SQL QuickStart Guide the most enjoyable?

The simple approach to the subject.

Would you ever listen to anything by ClydeBank Technology again?

Yes, if they all carry the same standard.

Which character – as performed by Dave Wright – was your favourite?

Not a story book but great information for individuals new to this field.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

This is a really good book for those wanting to get into SQL and database management but don't know where to begin.