SQL where to begin with

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Hi Eric Kohnen, You are doing really a great job. I am very much keen to learn SQL Server.As I have some knowledge about writing simple SQL queries and would like to have sound knowledge about an good database. Could you please tell which database is good to begine with SQL Server or Oracle? and also throw some light on how to begine the study Books,class,websites etc. Looking forward for your reply

-- Anonymous, April 16, 2000


K D,

SQL Server is easier to learn. My personal favorite way to study is by taking an instructor led class, but at about $350 per day this is not within everyone's budget.

Fortunately, both Microsoft and Oracle offer trial versions of their DBMS products. Installing and using a trial version is a good way to learn. Microsoft has a free (or low cost) 120 day trial version and Oracle will sell you a full box of their full version CDs for $50. You only pay Oracle license fees when you put a database in production.

Good Luck,


-- Anonymous, April 18, 2000

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