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As the third book I am reviewing in a row through the O’Reilly bloggers program I chose one from a series of books I never actually had the chance to read before; pocket reference/guides.

As you might conclude as well from the title this isn’t a book which deals with top to bottom reading style. Such books should be called among developers: small, internet free, fast, more concise and friendlier examples than your usual quick search online.

The title might not make it clear to you (guess why I’m mentioning this) but this little gem isn’t so much about the SQL syntax and mind teasing queries you may encounter in your daily work. It’s not even around to share you a couple of neat tricks.

No, this guide is there for you when:

  • you still don’t know the different joins
  • you are not using your databases built in functionality
  • you just don’t know the quirks of multiple databases in order to implement properly your rolled out ORM
  • or when, God forbid, upper management decides that you are in charge of migrating your database with stored procedures, triggers, 10 years old queries and data dumper/loaders running all day to another RDBMS.

And let’s not forget, this guide is there when you unhesitatingly state as being a <insert preferred RDBMS here> expert, defying you; because, you know, while reading this small guide you actually found out new things about <insert preferred RDBMS here>.

While for other books I appreciate I always state things for which you should definitely buy them, for this one I can’t find one reason why you shouldn’t. Even I got mine freely through the O’Reilly Review program (ebook), be sure I’m gonna get the printed version as well; trust me, that is the way these books are meant to be.

§657 · December 17, 2010 · Books · Tags: , , , , · [Print]

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