We’re very pleased to announce the latest addition to the SitePoint library, Simply SQL, by Rudy Limeback.
Simply SQL is a practical step-by-step guide to writing SQL. You’ll learn how to make the most of your data using best-practice SQL code. Rather than bore you with theory, it focuses on the workaday use of SQL with common databases, and uses plenty of diagrams, easy-to-read text, and examples to help make learning SQL easy and fun.
Why Learn SQL?
SQL is a simple, high-level language with tremendous power. You can perform tasks with a few lines of SQL that would take pages and pages of intricate coding in a programming language. It’s the language used by all major database systems today and, although it’s been around for about 30 years, is enjoying a renaissance in the 21st century, thanks to the tremendous success of database-driven web sites.
Whether your web site is written in PHP, ASP, Perl, ColdFusion, or any other programming language, and regardless of which database system you want to use—MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, DB2, Oracle, or any of the others—one fact is almost certain: if you want to have database-driven content, you’ll need to use SQL.
Who’s this Rudy Limeback Guy?
If you’ve visited our forum before, chances are you’ve heard of Rudy. Under the name r937, Rudy has accumulated over 26,000 posts. If you’ve ever asked a question in our Databases forum, you’ll already know just how deep Rudy’s understanding of SQL is, as well as his astute ability to teach others. And for everyone else …
Rudy Limeback is an SQL Consultant living in Toronto, Canada. His SQL experience spans 20+ years, and includes working with DB2, SQL Server, Access, Oracle, and MySQL. He is an avid participant in discussion forums, primarily here at SitePoint. His two web sites are http://r937.com/ and http://rudy.ca/.