Practical SQL, 2nd Edition announced

No Starch Press has announced a February 2022 publication for the 2nd Edition of Practical SQL: A Beginner’s Guide to Storytelling with Data. The book’s new page is up with a sample chapter and a link to pre-order.

In this second edition, I’ve added two new chapters. One covers working with JSON in PostgreSQL; it’s designed to introduce readers to the basics of JSON and PostgreSQL’s JSON data types and operators. For analysis, we work with a set of earthquake data from the U.S. Geological Survey’s JSON API. A second new chapter offers an expanded guide to setting up your computer for learning SQL, from PostgreSQL installation to downloading the code examples and using a text editor.

I’ve expanded many chapters to add new sections on, among other things, LATERAL joins, rolling averages, materialized views, set operators, and more. Where possible, I’ve updated data sets—particularly from the U.S. Census. And I’ve benefited from a detailed technical review. All told, this new version of the book is more complete, offers stronger guidance for readers related to software and code, and clarifies information that wasn’t as clear or presented as accurately as it could have been the first time around.

The first edition of Practical SQL is on its sixth printing and has been translated into Polish, Korean, and traditional Chinese. I’m eager to see the updated, expanded, and improved version in stores soon.

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