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New project using SQL and need to get caught up to speed on the basics quick. Used it a tad In college but that’s over 5 years ago. Project starts in 3 weeks any good courses you all recommend?

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Just don't be Little Bobby Tables!

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Also www.stackexchange.com ... But really just Google and then choose the first stackexchange result haha


Inner join over left join every time


As with all things once you learn the tool you'll still need to learn the context. So just be ready to actively seek to understand the data, it source, it's structure,and its Gremlins. Writing a query to return data is easy. Writing a query to return the correct data and answer your question is another matter entirely.

Also learn the difference between distinct and group by, and then start learning Having, and Partition. Also a good idea to learn about the pivot and unpivot functions and how to write dynamic code for pivot when the desired column names aren't known ahead of time.


Think @K3, query optimization can be sold as another separate project and will build your pipeline! Never fix the client's anticipated future problems for free when you can bill for it.






codeacademy.com basic SQL course. Had a similar situation two projects ago, should take 4 hours.

Additionally, I’m assuming your team will have some SQL junkies. Try to find a friendly one and ask pointed questions (after googling)


I’d counter k2 and say left join over inner every time. To me that’s the logical way of thinking because you start from the left and keep joining. Whatever you’re new table doesn’t have, is still preserved in the old table and so data quality doesn’t affect it.

I’d also say learn about group by. If you do a “select column1, column 2, sum(column 3) from table1 group by column 1, column 2”

Basically always group by everything that isn’t aggregated by a function like sum, min,max etc

Also learn where clauses and sub queries and you’re golden


Lol this is problem when you’re an engineer in consulting: I just want to build good stuff, but I understand the business side lol


Oh, I totally understand that mindset. Computer Engineering undergrad with a Master's in process engineering here. Just have to get used to building "good enough" with a great approach to how to make it "the best" if they throw extra cash at us. This business is to make the most margin doing as little as possible. 😀


D1 you knew my little secret!

Bwahahahaha omg I love that. How have I not seen this?!??! I now judge myself.


Lol, are we still doing that stuff? I thought people moved to stuff like NoSQL.

@C1 Banks, utilities, and a lot of other institutions still use RDBMS. Do you have any idea how entrenched these platorms are? I've had to learn COBOL and Fortran for various projects over the years. Not everything is a "sexy" cloud 4.0 engagement.

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