SQL Books

SQL Books


Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2012 by Leonard Lobel, Andrew Brust


  • Great Book
  • It is a great SQL Server programming reference book that gives you something beyond T-SQL programming.
  • There is a lot of material here and it's well laid out for both skimming as well as in depth reading.


Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Internals by Kalen Delaney

  • Very good book about every detail of SQL Server 2008 that you would want to know and then some.
  • For the SQL Server Professional this book is a must have.
  • This book is excellent. I found it at Barnes and Noble, read at the store, decided to buy one.  
  • This must be the first book you should read (page by page) if you are serious about being an expert on SQL Server administration and development.


SQL: The Complete Reference by James R. Groff and Paul N. Weinberg


  • This book lives up to its name, as it is truly a complete listing of all the concepts in SQL.
  • This a very easy book and the examples showed are very, very helpful.
  • The best bit about the book is that it is really written using Standard SQL (ANSI).
  • This is very big book and when you see it. The fact is that it is a big book because it is very complete and thorough.
  • This book served as an excellent learning tool, then later as an excellent reference.


Inside Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008: T-SQL Querying by Itzik Ben-Gan, Lubor Kollar, Dejan Sarka and Steve Kass


  • This book is a jewel. It gives complex and useful SQL algorithms along with explanation both on logic side and on performance side.
  • In general, this book is well written and conveys the material in logical and progressive order. But readers should be ready for a great deal of theory.
  • This book is superbly edited, and one hears the different voices of the authors, but there is a careful coordination of content.
  • This is a good book as a reference book for beginner to intermediate knowledge of SQL.
  • Good for querying


SQL Cookbook: Query Solutions and Techniques for Database Developers by Anthony Molinaro


  • This book is awesome! Even though I've owned this book for nearly 2 years - I still find myself referencing it from time to time!
  • Good for beginners
  • Excellent book for references
  • Love this book as I work on multiple platforms and get the code mixed up in my mind!
  • This is a very useful book that you can keep on your desk.
  • Excellent in every regard, highly recommended.
  • This is the most comprehensive book that I have come across on SQL.


Murach's SQL Server 2008 for Developers by Bryan Syverson and Joel Murach


  • Great book...great for beginner to intermediate topics.
  • Excellent SQL reference book; there are many examples for which one can apply to his/her situation.
  • Good textbook for sql
  • Excellent book to read as a DBA
  • This is very useful book, especially for beginners!
  • A treasure for SQL server developers
  • Provides excellent examples. I provides good detail on some of the more complex function in the book. I thought it useful tool.
  • The book has very good step by step examples in each chapter. The examples are based on the examples in the chapter.


SQL Fundamentals (3rd Edition) by John J. Patrick


  • Does a good job of covering everything that is necessary.
  • The book is very well-written and easy to follow compared to the few other books I've purchased on databases/sql so far.
  • decent book
  • This is the book. Written in a manner that is understandable yet thorough.
  • If you are looking at diving into the world of SQL via Oracle or Access, this is a great book to start with.

SQL Simplified by Cecelia L Allison

The Practical SQL Handbook by Judith S Bowman

Structured Query Language (SQL): a Practical Introduction by Akeel I Din

Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes by Ben Forta

SQL by William Smith

SQL: QuickStart Guide – The Simplified Beginner’s Guide To SQl by ClydeBank Technology

The Language of SQL by Larry Rockoff

SQL: The Ultimate SQL Crash Course: Learn The Structured Query Language by Simon Bedford and SQL


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