Media praise for Head First SQL
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"The author has taken a fairly complex subject and presented it in a brain-friendly way, using a more visual approach as opposed to an emphasis on massive blocks of text. The entire tone of the book is unconventional, informal, surprising, and even fun. All SQL elements are presented creatively, with inviting page layouts that mimic that of a child's activity page in Scholastic magazine. This nonthreatening approach is not only refreshing and different, but more likely to result in a higher degree of learning and retention. (Reprinted with permission from The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing, copyright 2007, Graphic Dimensions, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL.)"
-- , The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing
"This book, like the others in the series, is an impressive piece of work. SQL can be pretty dry, so spicing it up in using the Head First motif definitely pays off."
-- , Amazon.com
"Even many of the more advanced concepts are covered in a way that almost anyone should be able to easily follow so that if your database does ever grow to the point where you need to use the more advanced commands this same book will show you how. The book not only teaches you how to code SQL, it also teaches many of the concepts of proper database design."
-- , Ask Felgall
"Head First SQL is specifically aimed at people who currently know little or nothing about SQL (Structured Query Language), database theory and schema design. It makes no assumptions about the reader having any experience of databases under the hood; it is very much a beginners first book."
-- , Treat the Cause, Not the Symptoms!
"As with all Head First titles, Head First SQL sets out to engage all your senses during the learning process. Unusual diagrams, questions, exercises, and off-beat pictures are just some of the ways that the author works to grab your attention and force you down the path of learning (whether it feels like you're going down that path or not). The mixture of these techniques means that your mind doesn't really have a chance to drift off and start thinking about what you're going to have for dinner. It's this style that makes the Head First series the first one I'll recommend to people setting out to learn a new skill...There's a reason I rarely loan out my Head First titles... they often don't come back. This will be added to that lock-and-key section of my bookshelf that requires DNA samples before they leave the premises. :) "
-- , Duffbert's Random Musings
"Head First SQL is most useful to those who, like myself, have heard passing references to databases and other than knowing they are important have no grasp of what it is, means, or can do. Also, this will be a helpful tool for those who have some of the verbiage, enough to pass at a cocktail party, but who would feel the cold chill of horror if expected to design, construct, and implement a database in conjunction with any of their paid responsibilities."
-- , Slashdot.org
"For the students and enthusiasts of SQL and relational databases, this is an excellent documentation to tackle your fears in this topic without losing sleep or gaining gray hair."
-- , Desicritics.org
"Now and then I discover a teacher or a leader who is truly inspired; a product that evokes creativity; or a book that conveys its subject with an approach that is thoroughly unique. Head First SQL is just that kind of book."
-- , Tools and Ideas for Surviving (and Thriving) in Technopoly
There are books you buy, books you keep, books you keep on your desk, and thanks to OReilly and the Head First crew, there is the penultimate category, Head First books. Theyre the ones that are dog-eared, mangled, and carried everywhere. Head First SQL is at the top of my stack. Heck, even the PDF I have for review is tattered and torn.
"As with any good teacher, this OReilly series attacks the material from a variety of angles. If you know it, or youre a quick learner, you can breeze right through. If youre like me, they try everything possible to make things comprehensible."
-- , Dana Blankenhorn & Paula Rooney, ZDNet.com
Bill Sawyer, ATG Curriculum Manager, Oracle
This is not SQL made easy; this is SQL made challenging, SQL made interesting, SQL made fun. It even answers that age-old question "How to teach non-correlated subqueries without losing the will to live?" This is the right way to learnits fast, its flippant, and it looks fabulous.
Andrew Cumming, Author of SQL Hacks, Zoo Keeper at sqlzoo.net
Outrageous! I mean, SQL is a computer language, right? So books about SQL should be written for computers, shouldnt they? Head First SQL is obviously written for human beings! Whats up with that?!
Dan Tow, Author of SQL Tuning