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Practical SQL : a beginner's guide to storytelling with data

Author: Anthony DeBarros
Publisher: San Francisco : No Starch Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Practical SQL is an approachable and fast-paced guide to SQL (Structured Query Language), the standard programming language for defining, organizing, and exploring data in relational databases. The book focuses on using SQL to find the story your data tells, with the popular open-source database PostgreSQL and the pgAdmin interface as its primary tools. You'll first cover the fundamentals of databases and the SQL  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
DeBarros, Anthony.
Practical SQL.
San Francisco : No Starch Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018000030
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony DeBarros
ISBN: 9781593278274 1593278276
OCLC Number: 1019837043
Description: xxxiii, 351 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Creating your first database and table --
Beginning Data Exploration with SELECT --
Understanding Data Types --
Importing and Exporting Data --
Basic Math and Stats with SQL --
Joining Tables in a Relational Database --
Table Design that Works for You --
Extracting information by grouping and summarizing --
Inspecting and modifying data --
Statistical functions in SQL --
Working with dates and times --
Advanced queries techniques --
Mining text to find meaningful data --
Analyzing spatial data with PostGIS --
Saving time with views, functions, and triggers --
Using postgreSQL from the command line --
Maintaining your database --
Identifying and telling the story behind your data --
Appendix: Additional postgreSQL resources.
Responsibility: by Anthony DeBarros.

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"Practical SQL is an approachable and fast-paced guide to SQL (Structured Query Language), the standard programming language for defining, organizing, and exploring data in relational databases. The book focuses on using SQL to find the story your data tells, with the popular open-source database PostgreSQL and the pgAdmin interface as its primary tools. You'll first cover the fundamentals of databases and the SQL language, then build skills by analyzing data from the U.S. Census and other federal and state government agencies. With exercises and real-world examples in each chapter, this book will teach even those who have never programmed before all the tools necessary to build powerful databases and access information quickly and efficiently. You'll learn how to: -Create databases and related tables using your own data -Define the right data types for your information -Aggregate, sort, and filter data to find patterns -Use basic math and advanced statistical functions -Identify errors in data and clean them up -Import and export data using delimited text files -Write queries for geographic information systems (GIS) -Create advanced queries and automate tasks Learning SQL doesn't have to be dry and complicated. Practical SQL delivers clear examples with an easy-to-follow approach to teach you the tools you need to build and manage your own databases. This book uses PostgreSQL, but the SQL syntax is applicable to many database applications, including Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL"--

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