Practical SQL: A Beginner's Guide to Storytelling with Data (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

Anthony DeBarros is an award-winning journalist who's combined avid interests in data analysis, coding, software product development, and storytelling for much of his career. He's currently a data news editor for the Wall Street Journal, focusing on topics including the economy, trade, the U.S. Census, and politics. He previously held positions with USA TODAY, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and the DocumentCloud project for Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Praise For…

One of the best-organized travelogues we've seen into the SQL realm.”
—Newstips Bulletin

"Slightly more fun and more engaging [than Learning SQL from O'Reilly]."
—Python Programmer, YouTuber

Practical SQL will take you from an absolute databases beginner towards becoming a database and SQL master. This book is one of those books that you feel like reading a novel, not a technical book. It uses an easy to follow and understand the approach that makes it easy to read for people from all backgrounds.”
—Sara A. Metwalli, Towards Data Science

"I recommend reading Practical SQL by Anthony DeBarros for a more in-depth look on how to implement regression analysis and other analytical tools using SQL."
—Michael Grogan, Towards Data Science

Product Details
ISBN: 9781593278274
ISBN-10: 1593278276
Publisher: No Starch Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Pages: 392
Language: English

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