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chutestrate
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Posted - 01/10/2013 :  19:22:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I could use some advice for where to find any kind of reference material for someone who has never coded before. I followed some bad advice and started a program through skillsoft to learn sql. The concepts are coming on fast and I don't know where to find reference material that I can use. So far my googling and library browsing comes up with reference material that assumes a solid background in some kind of programming. I have none. Aside from asking questions, and I have many, are there any good books for non programmers wanting to learn sql.

And hopefully it would be written in plain language that could lead me to the terms I need to know. Can't tell you how frustrating it is to pick up a book or article with an interesting title see the comment "all you have to do is this..." followed by a bunch of commands that are meaningless right now.

Edited by - chutestrate on 01/10/2013 19:37:13

sunitabeck
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Posted - 01/10/2013 :  21:18:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You might try Headfirst books. I liked the style of presentation they used in couple of books that I have looked through: http://headfirstlabs.com/ You can buy their books at any book seller such as amazon.com
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jaytimmons
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Posted - 01/11/2013 :  13:01:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
SQL for Dummies, 8 in 1
http://www.amazon.com/All---One-Dummies-Allen-Taylor/dp/0470929960/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357925682

Believe it or not, good book with background for novice, but doesn't stop there. It also moves into more advanced topics.

Another (Microsoft specific) book is Beginning T-SQL with Microsoft SQL Server
http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780470257036.do
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Lamprey
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Posted - 01/11/2013 :  14:48:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Depends on what your goals are. If you want to really understand things, I'd suggest (as always) An Itroduction to Database Systems by CJ Date.
http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Database-Systems-8th-Edition/dp/0321197844/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357933376&sr=8-1-fkmr0

That has a lot of "meat" to it. So, if you have trouble sleeping, this book should help. :) However, will give you a solid background on relational calculus and relational theory.

If you are looking for more of some programming tutorials, there is a Joes2Pros series by Rick Morelan that starts with the Beginners book:
http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-SQL-Joes-Pros-Beginners/dp/143925317X/ref=pd_cp_b_0
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shan007
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Posted - 01/11/2013 :  14:50:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would also prefer 'HeadFirst SQL'. It's a great book for beginners.

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