Best SQL Books for Beginners and Experts

As a relatively short book, it focuses on helping readers grasp the basics of SQL quickly. Packed with practical examples and rationales, its written in an accessible, clear style.

1. Getting Started with SQL

It provides an overview of SQL, and although it is large, it is divided into 8 volumes for ease reading. XML, data security, and database performance tuning are also covered.

2. SQL All-in-One For Dummies

Programmers, business analysts, or anyone  who needs to learn SQL quickly should check out this book. From SELECT and UPDATE statements to stored procedures, it covers everything.

3. SQL in 10 Minutes

This handy reference explains implementation differences for a myriad of database servers, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, and other highly popular database servers.

4. SQL Pocket Guide

While intended for newcomers, the book also covers refined and optional topics as well. It introduces theoretical aspects of T-SQL and practical applications, with plenty of examples.

5. T-SQL fundamentals

Learn Microsoft SQL Server coding or upgrade your skills with this book. It covers everything, from introductory topics to more complex topics like triggers and stored procedures.

6. Murach’s SQL Server 2019 for Developers

An excellent book that shows how to hone your SQL skills using SQL techniques. Advanced SQL concepts such as PIVOT and UNPIVOT operators, Oracle's MODEL clause, etc., are covered.

7. SQL Cookbook

All major databases, including PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, and SQL Server, are discussed in this book, so no matter which database you choose, you will gain a deeper understanding.

8. SQL Performance Explained

Learn how to document SQL statements using ANSI standard SQL statements in this book. Data types, grouping and set operations, and data scaling, are just a few of the topics covered.

9. SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming

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