Best SQL Books


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SQL(Structured Query Language) has a variety of functions that allow users to read, manipulate and change data. SQL can be used to access large amounts of data directly from wherever it's stored.
These books are designed for those who aspire to become a SQL Developer. Here you will find 10 best SQL books to learn SQL from beginner level to advance level.

Top 10 SQL Books



1. Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes

Author :- Ben Forta
Edition :- 3rd Edition
Published by :- Sams

Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes has established itself as the gold standard for introductory SQL books, offering a fast-paced accessible tutorial to the major themes and techniques involved in applying the SQL language. Forta examples are clear and his writing style is crisp and concise. As with earlier editions, this revision includes coverage of current versions of all major commercial SQL platforms. New this time around is coverage of MySQL, and PostgreSQL. All examples have been tested against each SQL platform, with incompatibilities or platform distinctives called out and explained.

2. SQL Cookbook

Author :- Anthony Molinaro
Edition :- 2006 Edition
Published by :- O′Reilly

You'll learn about: Window functions, database-specific features, Pivoting rows into columns, reverse-pivoting columns into rows, Bucketization, How to create histograms, summarize data into buckets, perform aggregations over a moving range of values, generate running-totals and subtotals, and other advanced, data warehousing techniques.
Written in O'Reilly's popular Problem/Solution/Discussion style, the SQL Cookbook is sure to please.The SQL Cookbook moves quickly from problem to solution, saving you time each step of the way.

3. Learning SQL

Author :- Alan Beaulieu
Edition :- 2nd Edition
Published by :- O′Reilly

This introductory guide will get you up and running with SQL quickly. Whether you need to write database applications, perform administrative tasks, or generate reports, Learning SQL, Second Edition, will help you easily master all the SQL fundamentals.
Each chapter presents a self-contained lesson on a key SQL concept or technique, with numerous illustrations and annotated examples. Exercises at the end of each chapter let you practice the skills you learn.

4. Head First SQL: Your Brain on SQL

Author :- Lynn Beighley
Edition :- 2011 Edition
Published by :- Shroff

Head First SQL has a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.
Head First SQL will show you the fundamentals of SQL and how to really take advantage of it. We'll take you on a journey through the language, from basic INSERT statements and SELECT queries to hardcore database manipulation with indices, joinsand transactions.

5. SQL Quickstart Guide: The Simplified Beginner's Guide to SQL

Author :- Clydebank Technology
Edition :- 2016 Edition
Published by :- Amazon Digital Services

You will learn : How to retrieving data with SQL, SQL built-in function, How to insert and update data and how to define the database in SQL.
This book will allow you to successfully go from knowing absolutely nothing about SQL to being able to quickly retrieve and analyze data from multiple tables. Step-by-step we will Walk You Through the Fundamentals of Understanding How a Relational Database is Structured to how to execute Complex SELECT Statements to return large datasets from your database.

6. SQL All - In - One For Dummies

Author :- Allen G. Taylor
Edition :- 3rd Edition
Published by :- Wiley

This book is a compendium of information about SQL and relational database design, development, and maintenance. The eight mini-books cover the full spectrum of issues that arise in building, using, and maintaining relational database systems.

7. Microsoft SQL Server 2016: A Beginner's Guide

Author :- Dusan Petkovic
Edition :- 6th Edition
Published by :- McGraw-Hill Education

This book addresses users of different components of SQL Server. For this reason, it is divided into several parts: The first three parts are most useful to users who want to learn more about Microsoft's relational database component called the Database Ertgine.The fourth part of the book is dedicated to business intelligence users who use Analysis Services and/or Reporting Savices.The last part of the book provides insight for users who want to leam features beyond the relational data, such as integration of different formats (XML and JSON) with the relational engine, as well as temporal and spatial data

8. SQL for Data Analytics

Author :- Upom Malik, Matt Goldwasser, Benjamin Johnston
Edition :- 2019 Edition
Published by :- Packt Publishing

If you're a database engineer looking to transition into analytics, or a backend engineer who wants to develop a deeper understanding of production data, you will find this book useful. This book is also ideal for data scientists or business analysts who want to improve their data analytics skills using SQL. Knowledge of basic SQL and database concepts will aid in understanding the concepts covered in this book.
By the end of the book, you'll able to use SQL in everyday business scenarios efficiently and look at data with the critical eye of an analytics professional.

9. SQL: The Ultimate Beginners Guide

Author :- Steve Tale
Edition :- 2016 Edition
Published by :- Createspace Independent Pub

In this book, all the basic information that you need to learn as a beginner are presented. All you have to do is to apply them.This book will serve as an essential guide for you, as a SQL beginner. In addition, the concepts of SQL are laid out in a simple, concise language and instructions to help you learn the steps properly. Specific examples and sample tables is showcased to help you practice most of the SQL queries.

10. SQL Practice Problems

Author :- Sylvia Moestl Vasilik
Edition :- 2018 Edition
Published by :- Sylvia Moestl Vasilik

This book assumes that you have some basic background knowledge about relational databases. However, the book have added some beginner level questions to gradually introduce the various parts of the SQL Select statement for those with less experience in SQL.
If you're uncertain about how to start on a problem, the hints are designed to gradually walk you through how to approach the problem. Try hard to solve the problems first without the hints! But if you're stuck, the hints will get you started.


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