6/15/2010

Applications that store data often end up using SQL, either directly or through a mapping layer. Well, here’s a sad secret—most developers aren’t SQL experts, and most of the SQL that gets used is inefficient, hard to maintain, and sometimes just plain wrong.

Bill Karwin has helped thousands of people write better SQL and build stronger relational databases. Now he’s sharing his collection of antipatterns—the most common errors he’s identified in those thousands of requests for help in his new book.

SQL Antipatterns: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Database Programming (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $34.95) shows you all the common mistakes and leads you through the best fixes. What’s more, it shows you what’s behind these fixes, so you’ll learn a lot about relational databases along the way.

Each chapter in this book helps you identify, explain, and correct a unique and dangerous antipattern. The four parts of the book group the antipatterns in terms of logical database design, physical database design, queries, and application development.

The chances are good that your application’s database layer already contains problems such as Index Shotgun, Keyless Entry, Fear of the Unknown, and Spaghetti Query. This book will help you and your team find them. Even better, it will also show you how to fix them, and how to avoid these and other problems in the future.

SQL Antipatterns gives you a rare glimpse into an SQL expert’s playbook. Now you can stamp out these common database errors once and for all.

Whatever platform or programming language you use, whether you’re a junior programmer or a Ph.D., SQL Antipatterns will show you how to design and build databases, how to write better database queries, and how to integrate SQL programming with your application like an expert.

You’ll also learn the best and most current technology for full-text search, how to design code that is resistant to SQL injection attacks, and other techniques for success.

About the Author

Bill Karwin has been a software engineer for over twenty years, developing and supporting applications, libraries, and servers such as Zend Framework for PHP 5, the InterBase relational database, and the Enhydra Java application server. Throughout his career, Bill has shared his knowledge to help other programmers achieve success and productivity.

What People Are Saying

”...a must-read for software developers, who will frequently encounter the database design choices presented in this book”—Darby Felton, Cofounder, DevBots

“A good read for SQL diehards, novices, and everyone in between.”—Danny Thorpe, Microsoft Principal Engineer

Book Information

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SQL Antipatterns

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Database Programming

by Bill Karwin

ISBN: 9781934356555, 328 pages, $34.95US, $43.95CA, 7.5×9.

Pragmatic Bookshelf Titles are distributed to bookstores internationally by O’Reilly Media.

Additional Resources

Sample chapters, table of contents, and more information is available on the book’s home page.

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