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Jul 17 2007   9:24AM GMT

SQL FAQ for beginners, non-beginners and cheaters

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

I field the questions that come to our Ask the Expert section—deleting spam and nonsense and otherwise undesirable questions before forwarding the potentially answerable ones on to our panel of experts. I don’t have to answer them, and even I get annoyed when I see the same, often vague questions over and over (“How to back up my database?”) or something that obviously came from a homework assignment. (When you get 10 questions in a row from the same email address, all addressing different “problems,” it looks a little suspicious.)

That’s why I’m working on a collection of FAQ resources for our readers, so our experts won’t have to keep answering the same queries over and over again. One of our first new FAQ offerings is a three-part SQL FAQ assembled by our witty resident SQL guru Rudy Limeback. Rudy revisits the most common questions he’s taken over the past six years, from the most basic duh-type questions, to the homework questions, to genuinely complex and interesting ones. Check out all three parts of the FAQ:

If you’ve got a burning SQL question that’s not addressed here, send it to Rudy. He thrives on them.


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