Review: Learn SQL in 2 Hours

As an old hand at SQL myself, I found positives and negatives in this title. It is ostensibly written for those new to the field, but the material has more value, in my opinion, as a good reference and refresher than a true primer. It is fairly clear and concise, and the author does a great job of packaging a good deal of material into a short read.

That said, the delivery seems to suffer from the sort of blind spots one might expect from a tech guru attempting to explain specialized concepts to a neophyte. There seems to be a lot of assumption regarding the expected level of comprehension and little in the way of context or relational exposition to really solidify the information given into concrete understanding of the material.

If you have a technological background, this title will likely have more value. For true novices looking to learn from scratch, however, it may fall short. Either way, it is certainly a decent reference in its own right.

 

Update: After initially posting this review to Amazon and Goodreads, I became suspicious of other reviews for the title having been potentially falsified. I didn’t personally think the piece was terrible, but it quite honestly falls far from its advertised goals. The sheer quantity of cookie-cutter reviews carrying a five-star rating seems rather out of place. Caveat emptor?

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J.C. Augustus Lai Andurin is an Irish-American author and philosopher. Having spent much of his life traveling the U.S., Europe, and Asia, he has a fierce wanderlust and thirst for knowledge. Despite his adventurous spirit, he is a husband and father, first and foremost, with three wonderful children.
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