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Old 08-03-2009, 01:25 AM   #1
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Oracle/SQL book

Hey what is the best way to learn Oracle and SQL on your own? Is there a good text book I should buy or is there a good website?

I don't really know anything about it. I'm vaguely aware Oracle is a massive program that you don't run on your own little PC. I think you write your own programs and they communicate with the Oracle program with SQL commands or something.
Old 08-03-2009, 02:29 AM   #2
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Do you have access to Oracle? It comes in many versions, so you'd want to get a book that corresponds to the version your using. You can also get books on MySQL and PostgreSQL. These programs are available for free on Linux/BSD OSs and although different than Oracle would provide a very good base of knowledge for working with an Oracle DB.
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No I don't have any oracle access.
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Both Oracle and Mysql uses SQL (the language), install mysql and get a pdf.
Will certainly help you. If you then manage later on to get your hands on Oracle you'll allready know the basics.
Good Luck!!!!

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If you want to start with MySQL, which comes free on Linux, the online docs are:
You can (afaik) get a free at home/dev use only version of Oracle.
Oracle docs here:
Oracle free SW:

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Even though, given MySQL abundant "extensions" and deviations from the SQL
standards, choosing that to learn SQL may not be the brightest idea.

The SQL Zoo is a very nice resource, though, it will let you
experiment (admittedly with a limited data set) with 5 different
SQL flavours (Postgres, Oracle, MS SQL, DB2 and MySQL.



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