Blog posts tagged SQL
Latest SQL Book Now In Chinese

Every edition of every SQL book I have written has been translated into other languages, including Chinese. And I'm pleased to announce that the 4th edition of my Sams Teach Yourself SQL In 10 Minutes is now available in Chinese, too.

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SQL Book Discounted At Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble is running an in-store promotion through March 12, a 30% discount on select "Sams Teach Yourself" titles. And my Sams Teach Yourself SQL In 10 Minutes is included in this promotion.

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SQL Book Translated Into Korean

Every edition of every SQL book I have written has been translated into other languages. And as per this blog post, it looks like the 4th edition of my Sams Teach Yourself SQL In 10 Minutes is now available in Korean.

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New SQL Book Now In Color

My little Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes is my best-selling title, it has sold over 1/4 million copies in English, has been translated into more than a dozen languages, has created spin-off titles focused on specific DBMSs, and has even become a textbook in numerous colleges and universities worldwide. And at just over 200 pages, it was surprisingly one of the most difficult books to write, too. As such, I've been very reluctant to tamper with this title, sometimes you just want to leave a good thing alone.

It took significant prodding from my publisher, but I have indeed updated this book. For starters, we needed to update content to cover newer versions of popular databases like SQL Server, MySQL, and Oracle. I also wanted to add specific coverage for important new options, most notably SQLite.

But, the most important enhancement, and this is what clinched the update for me, is that this new edition is printed in color (as proudly noted on the cover image). Colored titles and headers are pretty cool, but where you really see the value is in long SQL statements that are so much more readable when color-coded.

I'm really excited about this update, and want to publicly thank the folks at Pearson for the push and support.

More to follow!

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Now Available: MariaDB Crash Course

MariaDB is a fork (offshoot) of MySQL, one of the most popular database management systems in the world. MariaDB was created by the creator of MySQL to address some of the limitations and shortcomings in MySQL, and is intended to be a drop in replacement for MySQL as well. At the request of Monty Widenius, creator of MySQL and MariaDB, I ported my best-selling MySQL Crash Course to focus specifically on MariaDB. The new book, MariaDB Crash Course, was just released and is now available for purchase.

Note: As already noted, MariaDB is based on MySQL. Indeed, it can be thought of as MySQL plus new features and improvements. In other words, if you have used MySQL then you already know how to use MariaDB. As such, if you have a copy of my MySQL Crash Course or my Sams Teach Yourself SQL In 10 Minutes, then you'll likely NOT want a copy of this new title.

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MariaDB Crash Course Available For Pre-Order

At the request of Monty Widenius, creator of MySQL and now MariaDB, I ported my MySQL Crash Course to create a new book entitled MariaDB Crash Course. The book won't be out for a couple of months, but it is now available for pre-order.

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Manually Creating The MariaDB Windows Service

I've been doing quite a bit of work with MariaDB, a drop-in replacement for MySQL (forked from the MySQL codebase by Monty Widenius, the creator of MySQL). One issue I ran into is that the current Windows installer does not create the Windows service that you generally would want to use. And because I had to (yet again) dig around today for the solution, I am posting it here for the next time I need it.

At a command prompt, go to the bin folder under the MariaDB installation folder, and then run:

view plain print about
1mysqld --install

You should see a message telling you that the service (named MySQL by default) was created.

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Sams Teach Yourself Book Tops Lists

Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 MinutesA reader just pointed out to me that my my Sams Teach Yourself SQL In 10 Minutes is in's Top 10 lists in the databases, SQL, DBMSs, and databases categories. It's also #1 in the Relational Databases category! Cool! :-)

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Sams Teach Yourself SQL OpenOffice Base Database

At the request of a reader, I created an OpenOffice Base version of the example database used in my Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes. The file can be downloaded from the book page.

To use this, you'll obviously need OpenOffice. And as it turns out, Base is actually a really nice database to experiment with, as it features a built-in screen that lets you simply enter and execute SQL. So, once you have OpenOffice installed, here's what you need to do:

  • Open the book database with OpenOffice Base
  • Select the Query tab on the left
  • Click the "Create Query in SQL View" task to display the Query Design screen
  • Type your SQL in the window
  • Click the Run Query button (it has an image of a green check mark on top of 2 documents) to execute your SQL, you can also just press F5 to run
  • Your results will be shown above your SQL code (unless you generate an error)

Thank you Roy (no last name provided) for the inspiration.

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New SQL Books Translations Into Chinese And Korean

I just received three new translations of my books, two into Simplified Chinese and one into Korean:

Links to the new translated versions, as well as all other translations, are on the specific book pages.

I am particularity excited about the Korean translation, as this is my first book in Korean, bringing the number of languages that my books have been translated into to 16. Here is a full list of all the translations (that I am aware of).

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