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Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2008 10:04 AM
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Here are three free online tutorials:
http://www.sql-tutorial.net/
http://www.firstsql.com/tutor.htm
http://www.w3schools.com/sql/default.asp

These are the primary Microsoft SQL Server References:
SQL Server 2000 Books Online
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa257103(SQL.80).aspx
SQL Server 2005 Books Online
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms130214.aspx




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Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2008 6:04 PM
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and like Charlton Heston said in Planet of the Apes:

"Never trust anyone over 30!" (for advice on how to learn SQL 2005).

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Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2008 6:37 PM
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alucas (7/30/2008)
and like Charlton Heston said in Planet of the Apes:

"Never trust anyone over 30!" (for advice on how to learn SQL 2005).

:P


Since Charlton Heston didn't say that, I'm not sure what your point is.

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Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2008 7:24 PM


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alucas (7/30/2008)
and like Charlton Heston said in Planet of the Apes:

"Never trust anyone over 30!"


This is generally credited to Jerry Rubin, not Charlton Heston. and certainly not in Planet of the Apes.

Perhaps you meant "Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!", which Charlton Heston DID say in Planet of the Apes. I know I often say that when someone asks me for advice on learning SQL Server.

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In addition to what have been provided here:

http://www.exforsys.com/tutorials/sql-server-2005.html

You can also visit my blog

http://dbalink.wordpress.com

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Go ahead and watch Planet of the Apes, guys. FF to the end of the movie when they're on the beach, and C.Heston & his new GF have just been cut loose to go do their own thing, and listen to what he says to the the young ape.

I guess it was just the second thing to come to mind, after the Faroult book, because I was taught SQL by someone over 30 (70, actually), then re-taught by someone under 30, and it went much better the second time.

And then...:P
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rbarryyoung (7/30/2008)
I know I often say that when someone asks me for advice on learning SQL Server.

:P

i would have thought judging by your avatar you would say
"i find your lack of faith most disturbing"



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I know I often say that when someone asks me for advice on learning SQL Server.

:P

i would have thought judging by your avatar you would say
"i find your lack of faith most disturbing"



That's what I say when they question me or don't take my advice. :)


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Since I'm over 30, and "learned me some SQL" from someone over 30, I guess you should disregard anything I have to say on this, but here goes:

Spend time on this and other SQL web pages.

Go to a bookstore with a list of specific SQL questions, check as many books as you can for answers to those questions. You'll probably find one that answers the most, and that you can understand the answers. For me, that was SQL Server 2000 Bible, by Paul Neilsen. (Get the 2005 version of the book, of course.)

Do searches in Books Online when you have questions.


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I think the most important thing, is actually doing it.

One of the biggest problems i've seen people face learning SQL is that they'll have the technical aspects nailed down pretty well, but they just don't quite "get it". Knowing how to select data is one thing, but being able to sit down and think about what data to pull out and how is another.

Definately use the tutorials and any educational material that works for you - but use that as a starting point. Play around with it a little bit, come up with queries on your own to see what you can do. Try to think of real-life scenarios, and see if you can come up with solutions on your own. Then try to find alternative solutions to the same problem.

Experience > Education a good majority of the time.
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