This book is primarily intended for a training/educational environment in a college, University, or technical school. The goal is to start from point zero in Access 2010 SQL and arrive at the level of a skilled professional. To that purpose it contains 306 exercises in 31 chapters which the student can complete during class time. It also contains ten questions after each chapter which the instructor can use for in class discussions or test generation. There are 320 questions in total in the book. Finally, it contains sixty case studies, two at the end of each chapter, for additional work as homework or for sharpening the skills learned through each chapter. The book is the culmination of Pindaro's 12 years of MS Access teaching at the University level to freshmen students with all the inherited fun and challenges. After hundreds of labs and thousands of questions and comments from the students, Pindaro wrote this book to assist the students in becoming SQL experts so that they can be absolutely successful in the working environment. Currently, no matter the position, industry, or job function, it looks like everyone is asking for SQL skills. For the instructor, Pindaro tried to make this book as friendly as possible. First, he personally tested the book in class to see how the labs work in the real training environment. Second, he has provided a multitude of case studies and questions on real business scenarios so that the students can appreciate the power of SQL for work and business. Third, he has prepared a separate booklet of 64 pages that the instructor can receive as a pdf file (upon confirmation of instructor status) that includes the solutions to the case studies and provides hints for the code proposed. The goal is to learn how to use databases for real business tasks. Pindaro has worked on hundreds of business databases and operational systems for the last 19 years. Pindaro's exciting relationship with databases started with DBase III back in 1991, continuing with all versions of Access since early 1993, and working with MS SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, and IBM DB2 for a number of years. He is still in love with all of them. After almost twenty years, he still works with data, information processing, integration, and dissemination.
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