SQL QuickStart Guide

The Simplified Beginner's Guide to Managing, Analyzing, and Manipulating Data With SQL

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SQL QuickStart Guide – Structured Query Language or SQL (pronounced sequel by many) is the most widely used programming language used in database management, and it is the standard language for Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS). SQL programming allows users to return, analyze, create, manage and delete data within a database – all within a few commands.

With more industries and organizations relying on the power of data, the need for an efficient, scalable solution for data management is required. More often than not, organizations find a solution through the implementation of a Relational Database Management System.

SQL QuickStart Guide is ideal for those seeking to increase their job prospects and enhance their careers, for developers looking to expand their programming capabilities, or for anyone who wants to take advantage of our inevitably data-driven future—even with no prior coding experience!

SQL QuickStart Guide shows you everything you need to know to utilize SQL in whatever capacity you may need in simple and easy to follow concepts. With step-by-step hand-on examples leading you the entire way through the text, you will be using the programming syntax in no time at all!


  • The basic structure of databases—what they are, how they work, and how to successfully navigate them
  • How to use SQL to retrieve and understand data no matter the scale of a database (aided by numerous images and examples)
  • The most important SQL queries, along with how and when to use them for best effect
  • Professional applications of SQL and how to “sell” your new SQL skills to your employer, along with other career-enhancing considerations


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1st Edition

Published Date

November 19, 2019

Page Count

251 pages


978-1-945051-83-8 (eBook)
978-1-945051-75-3 (paperback)
978-1-945051-23-4 (hardcover)
978-1-945051-92-0 (audiobook)


7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches

Shipping Weight

1.1 pounds

Audiobook Length

4 hours and 9 minutes

eBook Formats

.epub, .mobi

Editorial Reviews

“Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, “SQL QuickStart Guide” is an ideal and comprehensive introduction for anyone seeking to increase their job prospects and enhance their careers, as well as developers looking to expand their programming capabilities, or in general, for anyone wanting to take advantage of our inevitably data-driven future–even with no prior coding experience! While unreservedly recommended for community, corporate, college, and university library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “SQL QuickStart Guide” is also available in a paperback edition and a digital book format” 


– James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Walter Shields has worked with SQL and databases for over eighteen years, helping organizations such as Target Corporation, NYC Transit Authority, and NYC Administration for Children’s Services successfully leverage and understand their data using SQL. While Walter’s self-described path through the emerging industry of data science in the late 1990s was anything but straightforward, he firmly believed that SQL did not have to be so daunting for everyone else.

Walter’s desire to simplify the learning process eventually led him to start teaching students in a coffee shop in Tribeca, New York, equipped with nothing but a laptop full of SQL learning materials. Since then, his mentorship has turned into its own business: SQL Training Wheels (https://sqltrainingwheels.com).

When not teaching students, Walter can be found working on his latest business, Datadecided (https://datadecided.com), a Tableau-based data visualization company that helps medium and large businesses leverage their data with actionable data visualizations.

From the Book

From the Author

“Learning SQL was a challenge for me. It felt like I was driving blind in a high-speed race, struggling to operate the controls;meanwhile, every other driver seemed to pass me by. The most frustrating part was that there was no one to slow the race down and give me a slow, steady, and firm understanding of SQL in a way that made it simple fun and not rocket science.”

“Seeing my mom take her time teaching students and gifting them with patience and belief–this gave me the confidence that the same thing could be done with the topic of SQL. So, I rolled out my laptop in a Tribeca coffee shop with one mindset: I was going to apply patient belief in everyone that came to learn SQL from me; and when I saw how much I encouraged folks to believe in their ability to understand what they once thought was too complex, I knew I was fully aligned with my true passion–teaching!”

From the Inside Flap

Despite trendy data management languages that come and go, SQL remains the most widely used and most reliable to date. In SQL QuickStart Guide, experienced mentor and SQL expert Walter Shields draws on his considerable knowledge to make the topic of relational database management accessible, easy to understand, and actionable.

From the Back Cover

Become an SQL expert and harness the power of big data.

What does an overwhelming wealth of data and information have in common with one of today’s fastest-growing career paths?

Structured Query Language (SQL) is the answer. Pronounced “sequel” by many, SQL is the workhorse programming language that forms the backbone of modern data management and interpretation. With more data being produced every second than you could interpret in your lifetime, the ability of businesses to warehouse, access, and most importantly, understand and interpret this data has never been more critical. Plus, go beyond the book with free lifetime access to downloadable digital assets and practice databases.

Digital Assets

Each purchase of SQL QuickStart Guide includes lifetime access to free digital assets such as:

  • Free Database Browser And Sample DataBase – Follow Along With The Examples In This Book!
  • Helpful SQL Commands Quick Reference Cheat Sheet
  • Summary Reference Appendices

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John D.
United States United States

An excellent intro

I was delighted with my spiral bound copy of SQL Quick Start Guide by Walter Shields. This was a book one did as well as read and that dual process did not feel laborious but fully logical. Walter Shields demonstrated that he understood his subject but also how people learned. Even though I was disappointed that this book did not deal with SQL Server, which I will be using, he pointed out several of the places SQLite was adequate for learning and transference of it use could be applied to my situation. I see this as an excellent book for beginners. I was also delighted by the glossary and index which will make this indispensable as a reference book for me as remembering terms and details are not my strong suit.

  • Would you recommend this to beginners? Yes
Burnell L.
United States United States

Nice Introduction to SQL

I haven't gone all the way through the book yet, but it is a great book for beginners as it helps you get started learning SQL step by step.

  • Would you recommend this to beginners? Yes
Mustafa O.

Great Book

eassy, comprehinsive , enjoyable

SQL QuickStart Guide
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