Author: Ben Forta
Started: 21 Jun 2006
Finished: 1 Jul 2006
242p / 11d
Another one for work. I'd played with SQL various times before, but played was really the operative keyword. I could use things other people had done. Maybe change them slightly. Didn't feel confident enough to do new things of my own. So I needed to get comfortable. Thus the book. I decided to get a basic level teach yourself book, and this was the bestselling at the time I ordered it.
After reading though, I think I might have gotten one that was TOO basic. There really wasn't all that much there that couldn't be found at dozens of online reference sites. But... having it all in a narrative provided the context I needed to go through and systematically read what I needed to read in a way I would probably not have done just looking at reference sites. Not that I could not have, but that I *would* not have. But the book made me go through it.
In any case, it was a good overview. I feel much more comfortable that I did. It still only covered basic stuff, so if I need more complex things I'll still need need to look it up or get another book, but for the basics, it did what it was supposed to do.
Oh, and of course the "in 10 minutes" part is how long it is supposed to take for each chapter, not for the whole book. They are so tricky!