Sebastopol, CA--"The explosive growth of the information technology industry
and the need to compile, store, access and manipulate increasingly larger
masses of data has required the development of ever more sophisticated database
management tools," says Kevin Kline, coauthor of the new release,
SQL in a Nutshell
(O'Reilly, US $29.95). "SQL, since its first incarnation in the 1970s, has
developed hand in hand with the information boom and, as a result, is the most
widely used database manipulation language in business."
SQL (Structured Query Language) is a standardized query language for requesting
information from a database. Historically, SQL has been the choice for database
management systems running on minicomputers and mainframes. Increasingly,
however, SQL is being adapted to PC database systems because it supports
distributed databases-databases that are spread out over several computer
systems, so that several users on a local-area network can access the same
database simultaneously. Although there are different dialects of SQL, it is
the closest thing to a standard query language that currently exists.
SQL in a Nutshell,
is a practical and useful command reference to the latest
release of the Structured Query Language (SQL99), helping readers learn how
their favorite database product supports any standard SQL command. This book
presents each of the SQL commands and describes its use in both commercial
(Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and Oracle 8i) and open source (MySQL, PostgreSQL
7.0) implementations. Each command reference includes the command syntax (by
vendor, if the syntax differs across implementations), a description, and
informative examples that illustrate important concepts and uses.
SQL in a Nutshell is more than a convenient reference guide for
experienced SQL programmers, analysts, and database administrators. It's also a
great learning resource for novice and auxiliary SQL users such as system
administrators, users of packaged client/server products, and consultants who
need to be familiar with the various SQL dialects across many platforms.
SQL in a
By Kevin Kline with Daniel Kline, Ph.D.
ISBN 1-56592-744-3, 224 pages, $29.95
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