A Guide to SQL 9th Edition

Philip J. Pratt | Mary Z. Last

  • Copyright 2015
  • Published


A GUIDE TO SQL, Ninth Edition, provides an effective introduction to SQL programming using straightforward instruction, extensive hands-on exercises, and a strong foundation in real-world business applications. The Ninth Edition builds on the longstanding success of this proven text by presenting basic SQL commands in the context of a running case, in which a business uses SQL to manage orders, items, customers, and sales reps. The authors emphasize that fundamental principles and practices apply regardless of the database environment chosen, and they include examples from the latest versions of Oracle® and Microsoft® Access®, and SQL Server throughout the text.

Meet the Author

Philip J. Pratt, Grand Valley State University

Philip J. Pratt is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science at Grand Valley State University, where he taught for 33 years. His teaching interests include database management, systems analysis, complex analysis, and discrete mathematics. He has authored more than 75 textbooks and has co-authored three levels of Microsoft® Office Access 2013 books for this popular Shelly Cashman Series and A Guide to SQL.

Mary Z. Last,

Mary Z. Last has taught computer information systems since 1984. She retired from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, Texas, where she was an Associate Professor and the Director of the Center for Effectiveness in Learning and Teaching. Ms. Last is actively involved in the Computing Educator's Oral History Project that encourages young women to pursue careers in math and science. She has been a contributing author to the Shelly Cashman Series since 1992. She also authors many instructor resources for database texts.

Features & Benefits

  • This invaluable reference introduces SQL programming using straightforward instruction, hands-on exercises, and a strong foundation in real-world business scenarios.
  • Review questions, exercises, and hands-on projects conclude each chapter to reinforce learning and provide practice applying key concepts. Critical thinking questions and exercises challenge students to use problem-solving and analytical skills.

Table of Contents

A Guide to SQL


1. Introduction to TAL Distributors, Colonial Adventure Tours, and Solmaris Condominium Group.
2. Database Design.
3. An Introduction to SQL.
4. Single-Table Queries.
5. Multiple-Table Queries.
6. Updating Data.
7. Database Administration.
8. Reports.
9. Embedded SQL.
Appendix A: SQL Reference.
Appendix B: "How do I" Reference.
Appendix C: Answers to Odd-Numbered Review Questions.
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