Media praise for The Art of SQL

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"Faroult’s presentation of the subject matter is excellent and refreshing, with plenty of powerful coding examples that, he admits, are a little daunting at first glance. His detailed points are presented in such a way that any confusion the reader may have is soon clarified. Although the layman might seem a bit overwhelmed when reading this book, he would do well to add it to his arsenal for future reference as his skill set develops. Stephane Faroult sets his sights and fires from the hip with The Art of SQL, a dramatic attack on poorly designed SQL code/databases. Faroult challenges you to become a better SQL administrator/user by taking you through the twists and turns of bad code examples and scenarios--all the while lending you his many years of experience as an SQL master."
-- Gerry Archer, StickyMinds.com

"The Art of SQL is the opposite of a cookbook--or rather it's about cooking rather than recipes. It's not a reference manual, although there's plenty to refer back to. It's an intermediate level book which assumes you know how to read and write SQL, and analyzes what SQL does and how it does it...an excellent way to improve the way you attack problems in database and query design. "
-- Graeme Williams, Slashdot.org

"There are a lot of SQL books on the market--some of them very good. So why would there need to be a new book written about the subject? You know, when I first picked up this book I thought the very same thing. But then, after reading through it, I'm convinced that we needed Stephane Faroult's new book, The Art of SQL...The Art of SQL skillfully manages to explain how to properly attack the job of coding SQL to effectively and efficiently access your data. The book offers best practices that teach experienced SQL users to focus on strategy rather than specifics."
-- Craig Mullins, DBAzine.com

"By looking at database design as a preparation for a military campaign, program design as strategy, and database access as tactile engagement of the enemy, an unusual hands-on scenario is created and nurtured to help users think beyond SQL statements and issues. A wonderful guide designers will most appreciate."
-- Diane Donovan, The California Bookwatch

"This insightful book demonstrates that since SQL code may run for 5 to 10 years, and run on different hardware, it must be fast and sound from the start. Expert authors Stephane Faroult and Peter Robson offer SQL best practices and relational theory that force you to focus on strategy rather than specifics."
-- Gordon Haverland, The Edmonton Linux User Group (E.L.U.G.)

"The Art of SQL is a truly unique book. In sharp contrast to many other database books on the market, this one does not endeavor to provide an exhaustive SQL reference guide, a low-level vendor-specific DBMS implementation description, or a cookbook-style collection of FAQs. Instead it explains, in incredibly straightforward and clear language, how to think about SQL, schema design, and DBMS operation in general and apply that knowledge to real-world situations. It provides simple mental models for the inner workings of most modern database systems along with concrete examples of how these mental models can be used to speed up queries and design better-performing schemas."
-- Eric Wuehler, Amazon.com

"The authors cleverly and effectively compare the application of SQL to the waging of war, providing examples of SQL "in the trenches," or, in other words, in the real world. They follow the outline of Sun Tzu, emphasizing strategy over specifics, and lay out a battle plan that unfolds from Chapter 1, Laying Plans, to Chapter 12, Employment of Spies."
-- Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing

"The SQL enthusiast will learn a lot from this book - perhaps a baffling amount. I absolutely cannot recommend it highly enough. It has been some time coming, the sort of thing that is an obvious boon when one considers that our 'art' has only been around for a few decades. We'll get it right eventually, inspired by those like Faroult and Robson."
-- John Senner, And Or



"...an excellent way to improve the way you attack problems in database and query design. "
--Graeme Williams, Slashdot.org