5 Free SQL Books For Beginners and Experienced - Download PDF or Read Online

There is no doubt that SQL is one of the most important skills for both programmers and business analyst. Since many Enterprise applications use the relational database at their backend e.g. Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, it's important to know SQL to work with data resided on those databases. SQL has been around for many years and it will be around for many more coming years. It is also one of the matured technology, hence there are a lot of free resources e.g. books, articles, tutorials are available online.   I have been sharing some free eBooks on different technologies e.g. Java, Python, and jQuery and today I'll share some of the free SQL books for online and offline reading.


Some of the SQL books are available in PDF, .epub and .mobi format as well. Some of the books are available for free to read online others you can download in PDF format. These are the books which are made available free from publisher and authors for the benefit of the community.



Top 5 Free SQL Books for beginners

Here is my list of some of the best books to learn SQL which is absolutely free. You can either download their PDF version for offline reading or you can read them online.



SQL Indexing and Tuning Book: Use the Index, Luke!
Author: Markus Winand
Download: http://use-the-index-luke.com/
Description: “Use the Index, Luke!: A guide to database performance” is a free online SQL indexing and tuning book by Markus Winand. This book is for developers; it avoids unnecessary details about database internals. You can read it online for free at  http://use-the-index-luke.com/ but if you want to read it as a paper back, you can always buy his book SQL Performance Explained as seen below:





Oracle PL/SQL Programming Fifth Edition
Author: by Steven Feuerstein and Bill Pribyl
Download: http://www.red-gate.com/products/oracle-development/entrypage/oracle-pl-sql-programming
Description: Free eBook “Oracle PL/SQL Programming, Fifth Edition” from Red Gate Software. This book is the definitive reference on PL/SQL, considered throughout the database community to be the best Oracle programming book available. Like its predecessors, this fifth edition of Oracle PL/SQL Programming covers language fundamentals, advanced coding techniques, and best practices for using Oracle’s powerful procedural language.

5 Free SQL Books For Beginners and Experienced

It covers Oracle Database 11g Release 2, this edition reveals new PL/SQL features and provides extensive code samples, ranging from simple examples to complex and complete real applications. Ideal for novices and experienced Oracle programmers alike. If you like paperback version then you can buy that from Amazon here.


Developing Time-Oriented Database Applications in SQL
Author: Ron Plew and Ryan Stephens.
Download: http://www.cs.arizona.edu/~rts/publications.html#books
Description: “Developing Time-Oriented Database Applications in SQL” by Richard T. Snodgrass is available for free in pdf format from the author.It offers incisive advice on recording temporal data using SQL data types, defining appropriate integrity constraints, updating temporal tables, and querying temporal tables with interactive and embedded SQL. Also, it provides case studies detailing real-world problems and solutions in areas such as event data, state-based data, partitioned data, and audit logs.



Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 24 Hours
Author: Ron Plew and Ryan Stephens.
Download: http://www.informit.com/library/library.aspx?b=STY_Sql_24hours
Description: This is a free SQL book from Sams Reference Library. Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 24 Hours, Third Edition presents the key features of SQL (Structured Query Language) in an easy to understand format with updated code examples, notes, diagrams, exercises, and quizzes. New material covers more information.

5 Free SQL Books For Beginners and Experienced programmers



Structured Query Language (SQL): a Practical Introduction
Author: Philip Greenspun
Download: http://philip.greenspun.com/sql/
Description: This is a good introductory text for learning SQL. There is no simpler text for learning the syntax and structure of SQL. Download it for free. It’s a slim book that gets right down to business and shows you how to use the language with crystal-clear explanations and examples.
For your free copy of this book in PDF format, please let me know your name and what part of the world you are from.

Free SQL books



SQL for Web Nerds 
Author: Philip Greenspun
Download: http://philip.greenspun.com/sql/
Description: This is a free online SQL book by Philip Greenspun. First and foremost, we keep our readers in the world of Web services. Most often they are working within the data model for online communities chronicled in Philip and Alex’s Guide to Web Publishing. Sometimes we drag readers into the dreary world of commerce but at least, it is the flashier-than-average corner of e-commerce. You can read it for FREE at http://philip.greenspun.com/sql/



That's all in this list of Free SQL books for beginners and experienced developers. You can download these books as free PDF or read them online as well. Even if you know SQL and have been using it for few years, you will be amazed to learn many new things in some of these books, especially the first two books are great for experienced SQL programmers, I just loved them when I found first and has since read them many times already.

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Introduction to SQL by Jon Flanders
Oracle PL/SQL Fundamentals - Part 1


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